Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. 88
    David Klass, the screenwriter, gives Freeman and Judd more specific dialogue than is usual in thrillers; they sound as if they might actually be talking with each other and not simply advancing plot points.
  2. 75
    It features a pair of well-developed characters, the plot contains some clever twists and turns, the dialogue is reasonable, and director Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) keeps the level of tension and intrigue high. Put together, all of that adds up to a worthwhile motion picture.
  3. 70
    A solid second film from director Gary Fleder ("Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"), it's sure to set pulses racing and spines tingling. Too bad it's at the expense of the dignity of young women everywhere.
  4. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    70
    Fleder has directed three-quarters of a terrific movie and one-quarter of pure Hollywood baloney. After carefully building up the suspense and tension through Cross and McTiernan's search, spiked with nail-biting encounters on both coasts, Fleder lets it trail off in anti-climax and banal violence.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Replete with smart, capable characters and crimes so bizarre that they lend the film a suspiciously lurid nature, this tony suspenser is hampered by the presence of a villain who is all too obvious from the very beginning.
  6. The movie -- adapted from James Patterson's novel by David Klass -- operates on the crime-movie equivalent of automatic pilot. It takes off, flies and lands without much creative intervention.
  7. Mr. Freeman projects a kindness, patience and canny intelligence that cut against the movie's fast pace and pumped-up shock effects. His performance is so measured it makes you want to believe in the movie much more than its gimmicky jerry-built plot ever permits.
  8. For Morgan Freeman ("Seven") fans, it's a chance to see a great actor save a movie from itself.
  9. Director Gary Fleder seems to be trying for the mood and atmosphere of "Seven," another Freeman film about murder and police work, but this movie isn't as stylish and the script by David Klass, based on the James Patterson novel, doesn't really hang together.
  10. Sensitive acting by Morgan Freeman and stylish directing by Gary Fleder can't overcome the bottom-line pointlessness of the movie's melodramatic material, which never achieves the dark resonance that helped "The Silence of the Lambs" get under the skin of many moviegoers.
  11. Kiss the Girls is a fake psychological thriller that turns into a garishly schlocky and implausible bogeyman hunt.
  12. 50
    Fleder delivers the requisite shocks, and his direction is brisk, efficient and occasionally stylish; Judd and Freeman both give more than the material demands.
  13. It's diverting enough, and intermittently suspenseful, but also strangely empty and decadent in a way that truly merits that overused term.
  14. 40
    Freeman and Judd are fine, as could be expected, but their pairing deserves a better movie -- not one with a cheap twist ending that will easily be spotted by anyone who's studied the complex machinations of any episode of Murder, She Wrote.
  15. Here's the kind of movie thriller that can make you scream (in annoyance) and bite your nails (to pass the time) and sit on the edge of your seat (ready to bolt the theatre).
  16. A movie that leaves you wondering what the fuss was all about when its end credits appear; it's a mish-mash of a dozen other, better films ground up and watered down--Seven, Silence of the Lambs, and Manhunter, to name a few of the usual suspects.
  17. 10
    Misguided attempts at political correctness make this serial-killer movie stupid instead of just dull.
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 29, 2014
    7
    "Kiss the Girls" is the first entry in the Alex Cross series, and the best one so far. But that's not saying much, with lackluster entries"Kiss the Girls" is the first entry in the Alex Cross series, and the best one so far. But that's not saying much, with lackluster entries like "Along Came a Spider" and Tyler Perry's "Alex Cross" abomination. This movie has some build up, not too many implausible moments, and great performances by Judd and Freeman. It's not cinematic art, but it's a good watch for a Friday night in the summer. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    The plot plays out well, and Kiss the Girls has some thrills for sure, but all through the movie, I couldn't help thinking how good itThe plot plays out well, and Kiss the Girls has some thrills for sure, but all through the movie, I couldn't help thinking how good it could've been with Denzel as Cross. Full Review »
  3. Mar 9, 2012
    8
    this film may be a bit old but it was still good, the actors were brilliant but that is expected by Morgan Freemon. the plot is clever but youthis film may be a bit old but it was still good, the actors were brilliant but that is expected by Morgan Freemon. the plot is clever but you can tell what is coming in the film (well if you have a brain) and this does sort of wreck the film this is why more score is not higher. i thought it was a developed film with good actors and good plot Full Review »