Dressed to Kill (1980) - Mystery, Thriller

Hohum Score

11

Watchable

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 40 out of 220 found boring (18.18%)

One-line Reviews (220)

A successful lady bored of life and starting to walk the edge of experimental minds a little too much...

It is an enjoyable film...

slow at first.

The initial shots of the film are arguably the most pointless that i've ever saw too.

It's taut,stylish and extremely suspenseful mixture of sex and violence.

Writer/director Brian De Palma brazenly (and brilliantly) copies both classic Hitchcock and lurid Italian giallos with a giddy audacity that's quite a wickedly entertaining joy to behold: The shocking abrupt dispatching of Kate clearly recalls "Psycho" while the vibrant color scheme and aberrant sexuality are more redolent of such Italian maestros as Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

By the way, in "Psycho", there were also long silent, suspenseful parts...

Overall, though, it's a good, entertaining thriller that, for the most part, is well-paced and intriguing.

For the first half-hour, the sexual frustrations of this middle-aged woman are less than captivating, and until the elevator scene, this is a snoozer.

" While the movie may not be peak Hitchcock, we get have an entertaining thriller that is violent, engaging, and surprisingly effective.

But the remaining 2/3's or so of the picture is often first-rate entertainment, delivering an abundance of suspenseful moments and shocking violence.

Mr Caine is just terrible and the plot is BORING.

***SPOILERS ALERT***For all its sleaze, "Dressed to Kill" is one heck of a fascinating film, and De Palma pulled out all the stops.

There are a few films that are so truly awful that they are extremely entertaining because of it.

This dizzy blonde, eager to put some passion into her life, and then suddenly stunned at the price of her actions, is both compelling, funny, sexy, and totally sympathetic.

Entertaining indeed.

She does succeed and the ending is worth the watch.

The acting is stellar, the plot very intriguing, and the gore is fantastic although is only present in one scene.

This movie is redolent of narcissistic film-school fuc&* self-indulgence.

Scary, Thrilling and Funny.

Maybe it was a better film in it's time, but having just seen it recently I can say I enjoy it, and it is worth watching for my three favorite scenes alone.

"Dressed to Kill" is such a fascinating film, and works on every level.

The movie managed to be absolutely terrifying yet wholly absorbing too plus the whole "whodoneit" aspect was actually interesting and the twist WAS a shocker!

Dressed to Kill is stuck somewhere between the loud palette of Scarface and the empty consumerist sleekness of Valley Girl (1983); and that's despite the fact that the grimy streets of crime-ridden New York City are front and center.

Thus begins this absorbing and gripping thriller by the erstwhile master of suspense, Brian De Palma.

Again De Palma seems to better Hitchcock in the handling of suspense scenes that avoid the typically weighty, macabre execution proper to some giallos, to focus on an urban dynamism that is more rousing than menacing, and that adds a sprightly, gossamer feel that in scenes like the subway one, proves to be also thrilling and masterfully effective.

De Palma's technique had hit its high maturity by the time of this film, which is a wonderful showcase of his classic techniques, though unfortunately, as with many of the films written by De Palma himself, the story serves the meta more than the interests of putting forth an emotionally compelling tale.

Even without that resemblance, though, Dressed to Kill would still have been predictable.

Well yes, but it was an annoying and pointless 10 minutes at the same time.

Taut Suspenseful Masterpiece From Brian De Palma With Amazing Performances All Around.

A classic psycho suspense thriller that's a sexual erotic tease that entertains having thrilling interest of sex and murder only to take a shocking twist.

The last five minutes are among the film's most suspenseful (and you get to see Allen naked!

Empty stylization.

After a slow first 25 minutes, Dressed to Kill is filled with unbearable suspense for the next 75 minutes.

Some scenes were slightly riveting but for the most part the movie was so predictable that it was hard to take in the suspense that the director tried to achieve.

For the most part it's all very enjoyable.

The killing is very intense and blood is floating everywhere.

In every suspenseful moment of De Palma's film, the audience is privy to the presence of an attacker, allowing several breathless seconds of foreboding before the inevitable assault.

Personally I don't think 'Dressed To Kill' is as good as 'Sisters', but I still think it's first rate exploitation thriller and definitely worth watching.

There is a reason screenplays are supposed to have some gripping major event in the first 10 minutes.

De Palma adds his trademark visual stylings to a fascinating and disturbing plot.

Altogether and enjoyable film that should keep your interest all the way through to the end.

It's also an absolutely stunning piece of audience manipulation and perhaps more importantly a cracking thriller.

There's also a needless, and way too long, dream sequence at the end, in which they had the audacity to shoot someone's foot for what seemed minutes at a time.

This movie is kind of slow until the first killing, and then it really picks up.

Kate Miller is a bored suburban housewife who embarks on a risky amour fou and then gets sliced up in an elevator by a psychotic blonde.

Really this is one memorable classic to see and it's enjoyable to watch many times over.

On top of that, the museum chase sequence - only in broadest of terms lifted from "Vertigo" - has a life, visual language and some languid, desperate beauty of it's own.

De Palma "pays homage" to Alfred Hitchcock once again with this sometimes entertaining, sometimes completely retarded thriller.

There are numerous close-ups; Angie looking surprised, Angie looking shocked etc.It's all very glossily done, and very entertaining.

Now the movie gets interesting, Angie gets dressed and ready to leave in her all white get up (wink, wink.

It's extremely suspenseful, and often scary, and the score is fantastic, plus all the characters were awesome.

Which raises the point: can a film be worth watching if its only plus is in the novel stylization?

Caine is relatively underused here, but Dickinson makes a strong impression as the bored housewife, Allen makes a lively and resourceful damsel in distress and Gordon is a winning foil.

After all, a taboo is always highly erotic whereas that which is common and normal can only get boring after a while.

According to famed critic Roger Ebert, "He (De Palma) places his emphasis on the same things that obsessed Hitchcock: precise camera movements, meticulously selected visual movements, characters seen as types rather than personalities, and violence as a sudden interruption of the most mundane situations.

De Palmas camera work is so intense and unpleasant...

he had the most compelling face.

The first 36 minutes are riveting and even though it's apparent who the killer is, it's still very good suspense and fun to watch all the way through, particularly for males ogling the naked women.

De Palma creates a wonderfully dramatic story that begins with an intriguing setup and builds into a harrowing mystery full of strong suspense.

While the second half of the movie does have some thrilling moments, I thought that it drifted away from the main Kate Miller plot too much.

There are about four in it that are just as thrilling as the train station scene in The Untouchables.

The film never gets boring, always keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Kate's been going to see psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Elliott (Michael Caine) in order to get to the bottom of her dull, sexually unfulfilling life.

This and 'Blow Out' are emotionally intense movies, extremely well conceived and with inspirational direction.

His 1982 thriller ''Dressed to Kill'' is a visually entrancing and highly entertaining foray into spiky territory: the urban aura of deviance and perversion that jeopardize women as they follow their innocent, hermetic sexual desires.

Make sure you drink a lot of coffee if you plan to watch this or else you might fall asleep!

Brian De Palma did a very intelligent movie, the images are very intense, meaningful and he delivers the scares and tensions better than he has ever done.

Still this is pretty slow and pointless.

Intelligent, stylish, and compelling thriller from the great Brian De Palma is a modern classic that firmly ranks among his best films!

Bored housewife Angie Dickinson cheats on her husband and pays the ultimate price --- she's killed by a maniac who looks an awful lot like her.

Really it's a thrilling interest as the mystery blonde woman is not really what it seems to be!

It's fairly easy to figure out where this one is headed, but it's an enjoyable ride nonetheless.

Enjoyable .

Unintentionally hilarious, convoluted, reprehensible, morally questionable, often boring and ultimately disappointing.

I remember sneering at DRESSED TO KILL in 1980 when I was a teenager, and (as I stated above) I heard people say, "that was the worst movie I ever saw in my life" and I understood their disdain for it (and, subjectively, I don't like seeing Angie slaughtered so meticulously) and found the score both effective and, in places, inappropriate...

but the plot doesn't make a lot of sense, there are HUGE gaps in logic and the movie is VERY slow.

But it's also very enjoyable.

Over the top and suspenseful...

The last thing I want to say is that the killer is pretty predictable as well.

DRESSED TO KILL gives us this long and ultimately pointless shaggy dog act one involving Angie Dickinson as Kate Miller, a desperate housewife looking for some hot sex in the afternoon.

A great suspense movie with terrific slow camera-work adding to the dramatics makes this a treat to watch and enjoy.

That familiarity lends itself a great deal to the overall manner in which this one moves along as that keeps this one a lot more entertaining than it really should be without a whole lot of slashing action throughout here.

Her blossoming friendship to science wiz, Peter(..Keith Gordon, in a role he's often typecast, a brainy geek with some nifty inventions that come in handy along the way), the son of the slain Kate, is also a marvel of plot convention..together they are able to discover the killer's identity in a thrilling climax as Liz infiltrates Elliot's office, disguising herself as a new client in need of counseling(..her attempted seduction produces a smoldering sexuality Allen easily conveys)to retrieve a patient's name from his appointment book.

If you like suspenseful movies, there's no reason for you not to like "Dressed to Kill".

I liked this movie because it was very riveting, flowed nicely, and often kept me on my seat in suspense.

Thanks to hazy, dreamlike photography, a solid cast, a tight script, and an eye from great compositions, Dressed To Kill is a thrilling, never-dull experience.

Kate Miller, (Dickinson), is a bored, sexually frustrated middle-aged housewife looking for excitement and meaning in the wrong place with the wrong partner.

The film moves from one stunning setpiece to another.

"Dressed To Kill" unfortunately tries to drag a 15 minute story way too long.

Angie Dickinson is a bored housewife who is thinking of having an affair and after her psychiatrist, played by Michael Caine, turns down an offer, Dickinson meets a man in a art gallery and she winds up sleeping with him.

The cinematography was superb but it is hard to take in because of the extreme boredom brought forward by the lagging, predictable story line.

Sleazy, Predictable But Very Entertaining .

I highly recommend it to everyone bored with the teen-slasher pics drowning the market nowadays.

in its entirety (I was young and bored at the time).

They are pointless.

The camera work left me breathless and agonizing during the chase / hide-and-seek scene in the museum, but I was simultaneously carried away by the poetic combination of rapid angle changes with that fascinating piece of music.

But now that Ms. Dickinson's boobs and vagina have got your attention, there's some tedious cat and mousing through an art museum which culminates in our sexually frustrated, unhappily married old gal getting some from a handsome stranger in the back of a yellow cab and then in his nicely appointed penthouse apartment.

The film has often been compared to PSYCHO & unfortunately shares it's flaws - after a brilliant half-hour (or so) DRESSED becomes too mundane as it's focus shifts from the individual to the ensemble.

Nancy Allen turns up as the classy prostitute with a heart, who finds herself stalked by the killer in some suspenseful sequences (the best of which is at a train station - something about De Palma and train stations is just right).

Even a slightly stilted expository scene in a police station is all but forgotten in the wake of the film's stunning ending.

Brian De Palma's most effective and intense suspense film.

The final touch though, the punch line of the film is a real twist in the fabric of logical thrilling.

The tension was built perfectly and I applaud DePalma for having the eye to pull off the suspenseful directing that he did in this picture.

Donaggio's score is breathtaking and one of the few I've heard that can be judged as a self-contained work of art.

The trope they share (the vivid colors, the sex, the gender confusion, the set piece slaying, the evocative score, the quirky characters, the "shocking" off-the-wall solution to the crime) make the connection unmistakable and a few particulars bring it home.

But De Palma's self-indulgence is a harmless, fun kind of self-indulgence, a genre film fan making genre films for genre film fans.

But it turned to be a repetitive idea in Dressed To Kill, so DePalma could have done something different instead of showing Nancy Allen waking up from a bad dream the same way it happens to Amy Irving at the ending scene of Carrie.

Even in 1980, I heard people guffaw that DRESSED TO KILL "was the worst movie I've ever seen in my life.

This is pure Hitchcock with an 80's dash of lurid perversion, an affectionately told tale of lust and murder with plenty of twists, huge helpings of style, a stunning Pino Donaggio score, and a trashy, giallo-inspired plot.

Certain set-pieces (the elevator murder in particular) echo Dario Argento's skilled work; some of the graphic prosthetic makeup FX recall Lucio Fulci's "New York Ripper" (1982); and even Lamberto Bava (son of Mario) gave his own thinly-veiled homage to "Dressed to Kill" with his suspenseful slasher "A Blade in the Dark" (also 1982).

Such as how bored house-wife, Kate Miller(Angie Dickinson)discovers after her sexual encounter with a complete stranger that he has a venereal disease, rushing deliriously in panic from his room.

Very erotic, very suspenseful, and very scary -- a first-rate thriller.

It holds amazing artistic direction, and there are breathtaking, I mean absolutely amazing scenes where there is no dialogue.

Anyone who loves the craft of filmmaking will find the film a very exciting watch due to the various techniques being used.

This is easily one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

And on one viewing, without much time for thought, the film moves along nicely if improbably from one contrived moment to the next.

That was just pointless, just so bad it's good.

The killer is not the stereotypical lurker but an easily noticeable one, making him have a proximity to the audience that has more the vertiginous feel of an ongoing chase than the unexpected assault of the masked murdered.

This is a taut suspenseful masterpiece from Brian De Palma, with amazing performances all around!.

From a little intense drama to a combination of thriller, crime and detective mystery thing.

Dressed To Kill is one of Brian De Palma's earlier thrillers, one of his heavily flawed but incredibly entertaining suspense films.

"Dressed to kill" is by far my favorite Brian De Palma movie because it has superior suspenseful scenes than Blow out or Carrie.

'Dressed to Kill' is a fascinating and entertaining film.

I recognize that many will always consider De Palma nothing more than a rip off artist with considerable skill, deftly able to use the cinematic toys at his disposal, but films like DRESSED TO KILL are so entertaining in their own right..it's the bravura way De Palma concocts his ideas and unleashes the surprises in such a heavily stylized way, executed with marksman's precision, understanding how to cleverly/cunningly use gimmicks to tell developing stories.

This way Dressed to Kill is quite absorbing & engaging, unfortunately the character's themselves aren't exactly likable.

But "Dressed to Kill" doesn't stay just as a pure homage, but also as a tense, suspenseful, terrifying film.

Kate after engaging with him in a 100 meter dash for extra curricular activity find out that he's infected with a venereal disease.

Even with some incredibly well-done stalker scenes, including the opening attack in the elevator, the subway sequence or the finale at the office which give this some rather suspenseful stalking as well to balance it all with plenty to like.

The 'cat and mouse ' museum scene is riveting and interesting that her 'pick-ip' doesn't speak a word in the film - which seems to make him more alluring/desirable.

From there on out, confusion ensues as people try to track down the killer.

Lastly, I'll say that 'Dressed to Kill' still offers a fun, engaging film watching experience to anyone.

Elsewhere, the film is littered by clever details, sometimes too subtle to notice first time around - for instance, Mama Dickinson is really being tailed by Bobbi, and Bobbi can indeed be seen following her on the edge of vision - outside the museum as well as in the taxi behind.

But if you get past this, you will find that Dressed To Kill is a really good movie, and I assure you that it's not, by any means, a waste of time watching it.

This was so predictable and frankly rather amateurish in style.

A bloody, suspenseful, and classy treat, where one actually does not feel cheated by DePalma's trademark manipulations.

DRESSED TO KILL starts off w/ bored, frustrated, Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) and her inattentive, emotionally distant husband going through their daily motions.

Unoriginal, predictable thriller.

His tricks of the trade - slow motion, reverse shots, split-screen, slow pans - are employed with stylish finesse.

Nevertheless, the movie picked up pace and got much better after the odd beginnings, only to have a predictable ending.

De Palma shows a total understanding of the elements required to make a gripping thriller in this movie and he does everything right.

Director Brian De Palma is really on a pretentious roll here: his camera swoops around corners in a museum (after lingering a long time over a painting of an ape), divvies up into split screen for arty purposes, practically gives away his plot with a sequence (again in split screen) where two characters are both watching a TV program about transsexuals, and stages his (first) finale during a thunderous rainstorm.

There are numerous other silly details, like the kid playing Hardy Boys and creating a camera that takes time-lapsed still shots of the doctor's office, or the whole pointless split-screen moment, when we see, on the left side of the screen, Michael Caine listening to disturbing messages and watching documentaries on transsexuals, and on the right, we see Nancy Allen being chased by, gasp, a tall blonde woman.

Accept this one for what it is; an entertaining suspense story with much of the mood and tone borrowed from somebody greater than the director.

Others, like "Body Double" or "The Fury", I find dull, pretentious and too desperately aspiring to resemble Alfred Hitchcock.

Rated R: Extreme Graphic Language, Full Nudity, Graphic Violence and several intense sex scenes.

Caine on the other hand is fascinating as the psychiatrist who always remains mysterious.

If you haven't seen this movie, I HIGHLY recommend it as it is probably one of the most intensely created movies I've ever seen.

The remainder of the film is slasher piece of the highest order, including lots of trademark DePalma slow-motion, split-screen, amazing camerawork and a definitely breathtaking climax.

prime form, trite contents .

Most de Palma's movies are full of such long-drawn-out references.

A repressed housewife (an annoying lisping Angie Dickinson, whose body double treats/horrifies us with an extreme closeup of her delicates) is sexually bored by her husband and decides to branch-out.

So overall I found the film engaging and well made.

While this is a copy cat of a couple of Hitchcock films it's still rather enjoyable if you can get past the many plot holes.

From beginning to end I was either bored, not engaged with the characters, or irritated by any number of things (soft focus, music).

This suspenseful thriller has it all: chills, the unsuspecting victims, the unknown identidy of the killer, the unexpected twists in the plot etc...

The scene with the sexually frustrated mother at the museum is gripping and well done, as is the later sequence leading to her untimely death.

And it's all entertaining and entrancing as hell as something that comes close to a real synthesis of what makes De Palma's thrillers so unique while being so self-consciously untainted by a fearless attitude of film-making.

Its how DePalma filled those 30 minutes with the most boring slow tripe that his narcissistic actors and his narcissistic self must feel is character development.

Nowhere is the story predictable.

On the other hand, from a point of view caring about the story, and especially if one is expecting to watch a thriller, everything through the museum scene and slightly beyond might seem too slow and silly.

Yes it rips off Psycho a lot, however it's still a brilliantly made horror/thriller, with a fantastic opening and a shocking and unpredictable finale!.

Stunning exercise in audience manipulation,possibly even MORE effective than it's model,Psycho .

This scene is so clever, it has you on the edge of your seat, willing her to make contact with the mysterious stranger.

Unoriginal, predictable, padded thriller .

Brian De Palma's script will keep you guessing from start to finish, and you'll be on the edge of your seat once the serial killer makes an appearance and bodies start dropping.

I have to admit, the elevator scene of this movie was pretty intense.

Star of TV's 'Police Woman' Angie Dickinson plays Kate Miller, a bored housewife who is murdered in an elevator shortly after partaking in some extramarital hanky panky with a total stranger.

The film is suspenseful, thrilling, and there are what seems to be an indefinite amount of twists and turns.

Over directed dull and pornographic also Nancy Allen stinks .

It's a rip-off, but a stylish and mostly enjoyable one.

Fine too, is Dickinson as the bored housewife, around whose sex life much of the film is centred.

Naturally, De Palma pulls off several bravura set pieces with breathtaking aplomb and assurance: An elongated sequence sans dialogue in a museum depicting Kate being picked up by a handsome stranger, the startlingly brutal elevator murder, and a thrilling subway chase are all sterling examples of De Palma at the top of his game.

Solid and enjoyable European-style US thriller .

The leading ladies of the film, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen both look stunning and that alone is worth the price of admission .

Thrilling, sexy, amusing and tense, this is an extraordinary achievement.

The final nightmare however is too long.

The film is full of breathtaking moments:the infamous elevator murder scene is extremely stylish and pretty gory as well.

Predictable, formulaic and based on false premises.

Get ready for an intense ride-an end of the 70's golden age of cinema style psycho-thriller!

None of this is particularly relevant to the plot, yet oddly enough, is in fact far more compelling than the plot.

I just didn't think this was one of his better films, though it was definitely worth watching and there were plenty of great moments in it.

The slow building tension is a visual-psychological feast that will suck you in!

They're contrived and just a tad tasteless, to say the least, certainly the one with Angie's body double.

' What raises 'Dressed' above knock-off status, however, is the means by which De Palma uses cliché to explore other possibilities.

This one turned out to be quite the rather enjoyable effort.

The exciting "race against time" angle, involving prostitute Liz Blake(..the gorgeous Nancy Allen, in a role tailor made for her, who charms in a winning performance, bringing an amazing likability to a provocative character)who is told by Marino, in a very hostile way, that she is the chief suspect because of accidentally grabbing the murder weapon at the scene of the crime(..in the wrong place at the wrong time, she was at the elevator with a male client, who runs away, as the doors open to reveal Kate reaching out for help, the killer hiding).

You will probably guess the murderer after the first 20-25 minutes, then think to yourself "no, that's just a red herring and there will be an unexpected twist later on".

Oh, and that strangled nurse must have had some really big feet, for Michael Caine to be supposedly able to slide into her shoes for the film's unnecessarily drawn-out coda.

This is a taut suspenseful masterpiece from Brian De Palmawith amazing performances all around!.

This is a glorious thriller, centred on Angie Dickinson - at least to begin with - a woman bored and frustrated by a largely dull marriage.

His Screenplay, on the other-hand, is twisted & unexpected.

It's terrifying, engrossing & very nicely executed.

Directed by Brian DePalma, a man notorious for having centered many of his own movies around similar themes and visual styles of Hitchcock's, "Dressed to Kill" is both frustratingly simple and predictable.

The movie has many intense moments create via the use of camera angles, music scores, and every day normal props like mirrors, showers, steam, and rain.

I must admit, watching this again I was taken aback that Angie Dickinson was written out so early, but now realise that this was a master stoke as it is totally unexpected and has more impact than say a stranger getting murdered early on in the film.

Overall, "Dressed to Kill" is an excellent horror film, and I enjoyed it.

I remember watching "Dressed To Kill" in my early teens and thinking it was kind of neat, but a bit slow.

Its story is delivered in a way which is extremely elegant, fluid and well paced and also features enough unexpected elements to keep even the most demanding viewer fully engaged throughout.

Caine affects to lose his well known accent, and sounds a tad mannered and bland because of it.

Predictable .

"Dressed to Kill" is an intense, dreamy, erotically charged thriller, and clearly another of filmmaker Brian De Palma's homages to the works of Alfred Hitchcock.

Angie Dickinson is flawless, while Nancy Allen is absorbing.

Even after the murderer is caught, and I thought it time to put the cat out, a pointless dream coda dragged out matters quite unconvincingly, set in a mental hospital like one I never imagined likely.

The second is even more pointless, coming after the killer's identity has been revealed.

Brian De Palma, who wrote and directed this, tries too hard to be intriguing and suspenseful.

I might have enjoyed it more if she was about 20 years younger.

The most pointless rip-off of Psycho here, though, are the two, count'em TWO, shower scenes that book-end the film.

It's basically a long drawn-out game of cat and mouse.

This film is a fascinating mixture of Hitchcockian suspense and 80's splatter film gore.

DRESSED TO KILL is filled with SO many contrived moments that it almost becomes deliriously funny.

Intriguing psycho-sexual thriller allows director Brian DePalma to combine all of his obsessions (sex, Hitchcock, violence) into one nifty package making this his most fully realized film outside of The Untouchables.

"Dressed to Kill" is an intelligent, intriguing, very tense and memorable classic of the suspense, with terrific homages to the master named Alfred Hitchcock.

Dressed to bore .

Dressed to Kill (1980): Dir: Brian De Palma / Cast: Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz: Fascinating erotic thriller with explicit violence.

It's pretty suspenseful, and I thought the performances were pretty good also, even though I'm not much of a Michael Caine fan.

Although his repeated camera tricks sometimes work against him (the split-screen, for instance, isn't as effective here as in CARRIE, making the screen muddled instead of exciting), DRESSED TO KILL still stands as a solid, powerful thriller made at the height of De Palma's career.

His characters are just as original and intriguing; a libidinous middle-aged Mom, a psychotic psychiatrist, a call-girl who needs all her cunning to get out of a trap, a whizz-kid who uses his smarts to do what the cops can't.

Despite this, Dressed to Kill is an Incredibly fun and engaging film.

I just didn't think this was one of his better films, though it was definitely worth watching and there were plenty of great moments of it.