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Overall Rating
2.94

Awesome: 15.63%
Worth A Look: 15.63%
Average34.38%
Pretty Bad: 15.63%
Total Crap: 18.75%

1 review, 26 user ratings


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Kiss the Girls
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by Ryan Arthur

"Morgan Freeman. Is there anything he can't do?"
3 stars

Uh-uh.

One bad thing came out of movies like Silence Of The Lambs and Se7en: they made serial killer movies chic. Kiss The Girls is extremely slick, though; vibrant and glossy where Se7en was dark and muddy, but still hollow. It's almost clinical and paint by the numbers, rather than suspenseful.

And therein lies the problem.

Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman, in a variation of his character from Se7en) goes on the manhunt for a serial killer (calling himself Casanova) who "collects" his victims and only kils them if they break his rules. Cross' niece is one of the victims, so he's determined to crack the case and bring her back safely. One victim (Ashley Judd) has escaped Casanova's hideaway, and joins the police in trying to bring him to justice.

Based on the (superior) James Patterson novel of the same name, Kiss The Girls does offer a bit of a twist, though: there are two serial killers, working on opposite coasts. They have a sort of grudging respect for each other, it's even sort of a competition. But the movie springs the surprise way too early, and by the end of the film, when one of the killer's identity is revealed, you just don't care. One character is so obvious (he's been typecast as the bad guy before, so when you see him you automatically know he's one) and the other killer, the "surprise," is so horribly miscast that it's almost laughable.

Freeman is good, as always. That's the reason this movie gets three stars instead of one or two. Even in such a film that doesn't really give him a chance to stretch his acting muscle the way he can (and the way we know he wants to), he's just great to watch. Ashley Judd is less so. I think she's been something of a one-note actress, with the possible exception of a quite good, little-seen movie called Normal Life (costarring Luke Perry!). She's pretty, but it's just not enough for this role.

In the end, this is just another killer-of-the-week movie, better than some but not nearly as good as the movies that inspired it.

If you can't figure out whodunit in the first 45 minutes, there's no hope.

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originally posted: 10/14/98 23:52:22
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User Comments

11/03/09 Darryl One of the best suspense thrillers I've seen. Great cast. 5 stars
1/15/09 FrankNFurter Total Silence of the Lambs ripoff that has a med student living in a fuckin' mansion.Blech! 2 stars
5/05/08 laydee this movie was great! full of suspense, had me on the edge of my seat. 5 stars
3/03/08 Danny Disagree w/Ryan - Great movie. Surprise killer wasn't miscast. He's great in any role! 5 stars
10/22/07 Beau This is very entertaining, it was suspensful and had all qualities a thriller needs! 4 stars
8/20/05 ES Judd does for movies what CHUD does for sewers 1 stars
1/15/05 R.W. Welch None too convincing plot line and slow to get untracked. Just okay. 3 stars
7/11/03 Jin One of the best thrillers I've seen. 5 stars
3/20/03 Jack Sommersby Well-photographed and -acted, but film is overlong and pondering. 2 stars
2/06/03 Blabity blah I've seen better film on teeth 1 stars
1/29/03 Carmen Crowe Right on, Audrey, except your "Ca-ca Sisterhood" caricature is an insult to ca-ca! 1 stars
12/10/02 Audrey Ruiz Ashley Judd's best movie prior to ASSININE SECRETS OF THE CA-CA SISTERHOOD. 1 stars
10/24/02 Charles Tatum Better than the sequel 3 stars
9/29/02 Movie guy A GREAT FILM 5 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Another brillant novel made into a bland movie. 3 stars
2/27/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) It's not all bad... 3 stars
2/08/01 Uday Thakur I love her anyway... 4 stars
10/28/00 Terrie Smith Moody atmosphere but the film is so predictable. Freeman & Judd have done better. 3 stars
1/10/00 Will that was silly. 2 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 Copped out on the love story in the novel. Cowards. Screw 'em. 1 stars
4/26/99 Michael Grimm First 2/3's of movie was great, last 1/3 became formulatic 4 stars
2/19/99 Piz can't top the book but what movie usually does? 4 stars
1/27/99 Bishop Johnson I won't dignify this film with a comment. 1 stars
1/25/99 Chloe Marie Elestenogoph (clatter@hotmail.com) This sucks. Dull, dull, dull. The ending was damn stupid. 2 stars
8/28/98 Johny Ashley Judd is godawful 2 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Ashley Judd is neat. And she doesn't wear underwear. 4 stars
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USA
  04-Oct-1997 (R)

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Directed by
  Gary Fleder

Written by
  James Patterson
  David Klass

Cast
  Morgan Freeman
  Ashley Judd
  Cary Elwes
  Tony Goldwyn
  Jay O. Sanders
  Bill Nunn



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