Copycat

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  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
    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.
  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. 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.
  6. The acting is capable and the suspense is effective at times, but the gore is grisly and the climax is surprisingly hokey.
  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:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    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 .

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  2. Jun 29, 2013
    7
    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. Expand

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