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Kiss the Girls

7/10
Crime . Thriller . Mystery . Drama
 

Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail leads to Los Angeles, where the duo discovers that the psychopath may not be working alone.

 
Actors: Roma Maffia , Richard T. Jones , Brian Cox , Bill Nunn , Jay O. Sanders , Tony Goldwyn , Alex McArthur , Cary Elwes , Ashley Judd , Morgan Freeman
Directors: Gary Fleder
Country: USA
Release: 1997-10-03
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  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Stack

    For Morgan Freeman ("Seven") fans, it's a chance to see a great actor save a movie from itself.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    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.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Fleder delivers the requisite shocks, and his direction is brisk, efficient and occasionally stylish; Judd and Freeman both give more than the material demands.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Kiss the Girls is a fake psychological thriller that turns into a garishly schlocky and implausible bogeyman hunt.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Russell Smith

    It's diverting enough, and intermittently suspenseful, but also strangely empty and decadent in a way that truly merits that overused term.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    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).

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    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.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    Misguided attempts at political correctness make this serial-killer movie stupid instead of just dull.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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