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  • Summary: A cop investigating a serial killer enlists the aid of a former professor and writer, who is an expert on serial killers but suffers from agoraphobia. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
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  1. Intelligent and crackling with crisp, provocative visual energy, Copycat, the new thriller starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, is so creepy and dangerous-feeling that it's like a knife edge pressed against the jugular.
  2. 88
    With its rare mixture of intelligent plotting, flawless acting, and start-to- finish tension, Copycat is a force to be reckoned with.
  3. Copycat is as steady and reliable as a pulse and as exhilarating as a surge of adrenalin.
  4. 70
    Jon Amiel, who previously directed "Sommersby," delivers a taut, gripping thriller and, with the help of his accomplished leads, succeeds in camouflaging some of the mammoth holes in Ann Biderman and David Madsen's otherwise intelligent and inventive screenplay.
  5. 50
    It's an occasionally entertaining ride, although one fraught with numerous logical holes.
  6. By having Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter play the maniacs' feisty antagonists, the filmmakers seem to believe that they've made a significant feminist statement, the movie's two hours-plus of almost continual sadistic abuse of women notwithstanding. Even in an industry known for self-delusion, that is quite a feat.
  7. Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver, a cop and a shrink, are the main trackers, but so little is done in Ann Biderman and David Madsen's script to give them or their colleagues or even their prey interesting human dimensions that the overall ambience is chiefly pornographic.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Jul 23, 2014
    It was compared to " Seven" when it was released and been underrated for years.however it is a great example for suspense thrillers as it stays away from some cliches like jump out of seat scenes and plots like many so-called thrillers did in the 90s .Copycat also shines with its subplot, score and characters .

    Highly recommended
  2. Jun 29, 2013
    High tension and grounded lead performances are the keys to success for "Copycat," a pulse-pounding study of psychopathy and the existence/non-existence of true evil. Expand