Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 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. 88
    It creates original characters - Hudson and, especially, the little dynamo M. J. - and makes them more important than the plot. We care, and that's the key.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Ending is on the conventional side, more so than anything else in the picture , but script by Ann Biderman and David Madsen keeps the tart surprises coming throughout most of the picture with only occasional lapses into red herrings and artificial manipulation.
  5. Copycat is as steady and reliable as a pulse and as exhilarating as a surge of adrenalin.
  6. The movie is, in short, a trash conundrum. What nearly redeems the movie is its acting.
  7. Aside from some effective suspense sequences, the film's strengths lie in the relationship between the heroines, which is well developed and plausible by genre standards.
  8. The screenplay for Copycat, by Ann Biderman and Jay Presson Allen from a story by David Madsen, is otherwise so crackling good that character development threatens to eclipse the actual crimes.
  9. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Copycat is satisfyingly tense, but the disgusto factor is balanced by its obvious theatricality--neatly captured in the contrasting performaces of Weaver and Hunter, the one playing neurotic standard poodle to the other's tightly wound terrier. [6 Nov 1995, pg.86]
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    It's an occasionally entertaining ride, although one fraught with numerous logical holes.
  12. 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.
  13. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Copycat, despite two tough-babe leads to kill for, flies in more directions than scattered kitty litter. [27 Oct 1995, pg.02D]
  14. The acting is capable and the suspense is effective at times, but the gore is grisly and the climax is surprisingly hokey.
  15. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    It must be hard for actresses as unconventional and gutsy as Weaver and Hunter to find scripts worth making. Although this offers them both meaty parts with plentiful neuroses and snappy lines, it is otherwise a completely mechanical load of old cods.
  16. 40
    The plot would seem more ingenious if the movie itself didn't copy so many other thrillers (notably "The Silence of the Lambs"), and if it weren't so easy to spot every twist half an hour in advance.
  17. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Copycat, directed by Jon Amiel ("The Singing Detective", "Sommersby"), means to be a Greatest Hits album of atrocities. A sick mind is a terrible thing to waste. [13 Nov 1995, pg.120]
  18. There's are nagging problems with the script, which feels like it has lost a few pages during its rewrites. Instead of an orderly, inexorable pressure of events, we get a surfeit of red herrings, followed by the rather uninteresting killer simply stepping out of hiding.
  19. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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 itIt 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
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  2. Jun 29, 2013
    High tension and grounded lead performances are the keys to success for "Copycat," a pulse-pounding study of psychopathy and theHigh 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. Full Review »