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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, great suspense...
If you like suspense, mystery, a good story, and for the most part, good acting, then this movie is a good choice. What I like about Copycat (besides Sigourney Weaver) is how it seems to come full circle. It feels complete to me. It starts at the beginning, doesn't backtrack with flashbacks or start in the middle and leave you wondering what's going on. You're able to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense fare
Sigourney Weaver plays Dr. Helen Hudson, a serial killer profiler who, after being attacked in the bathroom years before at a public speech, begins hiding out at home with a nasty case of agoraphobia. Years pass and bodies start popping up - key in two detectives intent on solving the crime. Detectives M.J. Monahan (Holly Hunter) and Reuben Goetz (Dermot Mulroney) seek...
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, great suspense..., January 30, 2005
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stephie (Northeast USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
If you like suspense, mystery, a good story, and for the most part, good acting, then this movie is a good choice. What I like about Copycat (besides Sigourney Weaver) is how it seems to come full circle. It feels complete to me. It starts at the beginning, doesn't backtrack with flashbacks or start in the middle and leave you wondering what's going on. You're able to follow along and not get distracted by unnecessary gore (sure there is some, but not much). It's a psychological thriller, and I like that much better than the slash and dash type of movies. It makes you think and allows you to try and figure out what the outcome will be.

Sure, you expect the star to live, but it's not always a given. The ending kind of hints at a sequel but as far as I know, there isn't one. If they can make one as good as the first, I think it would do well (at least those who enjoyed this one, might see the second). It's rather interesting to see the Harry Connick Jr. play a serial killer. He's pretty creepy.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable display of talent..., May 30, 2003
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R. Gawlitta "Coolmoan" (Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
Here you have two tough broads, a good cop and the nastiest of killers. How can you lose? Actually, the pairing of Sigourney & Holly is wonderful, in this age of films so lacking in strong women's roles. Sigourney, in particular, after years of kicking alien-butt, withdraws as the victim of an almost lethal attack and subsequent nervous breakdown. Her house-bound recluse still shows fire and rage, well-controlled and centered; a really great performance. Holly, too, in a slightly less showy role, shows drive and command of her role. These women are magnificent, in their own ways, and carry this film through plot-twists and strange turns that are always compelling. Also compelling is the very taut direction of John Amiel, never missing a chance to include the audience in everything, though you don't realize it at the time. A very handsome Dermot Mulroney makes an auspicious presence as an "almost" sex-object for the women, and William McNamara is greatly effective as the ultimate center of the film. Harry Connick, Jr. has impressed me as an actor many times, but not so much as here. With rotten teeth and an oily, snake-like presence he is given a few memorable moments. This film has been compared to "Silence of the Lambs", but it really has its own character and drive. The tension is high, the plot well presented and the acting is superlative. I like this film a lot.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE FINE THRILLER, August 5, 2001
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This review is from: Copycat [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Amidst all the suspense, shocks, and chills of this superbly made thriller stands the awesome performances of Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter. Ever since she pioneered the "female buttkicker" in the Alien movies, Sigourney has stretched her range to show the immense amount of talent she possesses. Her role as agoraphobic Helen Hudson is one of her finest; she lets us feel every nuance of her frustration, her terror, her anger, her intense ability to be strong even when she admits she's weak. Matching her performance is the understated portrayal of cop M. J. Monahan by Oscar-winner Holly Hunter. Hunter's bravura etching of this likeable cop is extremely effective in counterbalancing the tormented Weaver. Although the fate of Dermot Mulroney as Monahan's partner is questionably appropriate, it does serve as a motivating factor in Hunter's pursuit of the serial killer. William McNamara's performance as Peter Foley may seem underplayed, but it serves to heighten the normal-ness of this obviously demented young man. Like life, the good guys don't always come out unscathed. The film is dark, brooding and its ending is chilling in that Harry Connick Jr.'s imprisoned psycho is obviously going to continue his quest for revenge on Weaver. A sequel would have been nice; I would have also liked to have had at least one scene with Weaver and Hunter after the explosive ending. But, as far as thrillers go, this is a great addition to a small set of classics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Genre, September 30, 2002
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This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
I've debated over writing a review of this movie simply becase words cannot express how fascinating and brilliant it is. The plot is seemingly simple: Sigourney Weaver portrays Dr. Helen Hudson, a retired but brilliant criminal psychiatrist, who is a step ahead of the police in solving a recent rash of murders by a serial killer. Two detectives, played by Dermot Mulroney and the deceptively simple Holly Hunter, lure Hudson back into the fold to aid the police in stopping this killer. If only it was that simple. That it's not is what makes this movie great. Hudson's brilliance is eclipsed by her pill-popping nature and her alcoholism. She's also agoraphobic, in that she hasn't left her house in 13 months, when she was attacked by the last serial killer she was responsible for incarcerating. Now aided by Hudson, the cops search for a killer who is copycatting murders made famous decades earlier by Son of Sam, the Hillside Stranglers, and the Boston Strangler. William McNamara is chilling as the psychopath in that he embodies the basic profile of all serial killers. He's young, handsome, charming, affable and evil to the core. Just when you think it's all resolved, the final scene is the most shocking of all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what makes this movie so appealing, December 8, 2011
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This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
This is one of those movies that I watch several times a year. There's not one specific thing I can point to as my reason for liking the movie so much, it's a combination of little things. The plot is original; the killer is a copycat killer who copcats a variety of other serial killers. I am a huge fan of Holly Hunter and she does not disappoint in this movie. Sigourney Weaver manages to portray a woman who is both strong and fragile. Harry Connick Jr., though playing a serial killer, is one of my favorite characters. He makes the most of his role and manages to stand out in the movie.
I could have done without the back story of Hunter and her ex- lover/ ex- partner but all in all it's a pretty good movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 7's an unlucky number, February 15, 2000
This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
Serial killer psychologist who survived a strangulation some years prior is enlisted by the local police force when a serial killer starts patterning himself after other famous killers. Much better plotted and ran through than Se7en, this film is much more interesting and slicker. Doesn't use full scale gore and torture techniques to produce scares and even packs a few laughs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense fare, September 20, 2013
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This review is from: Copycat (Amazon Instant Video)
Sigourney Weaver plays Dr. Helen Hudson, a serial killer profiler who, after being attacked in the bathroom years before at a public speech, begins hiding out at home with a nasty case of agoraphobia. Years pass and bodies start popping up - key in two detectives intent on solving the crime. Detectives M.J. Monahan (Holly Hunter) and Reuben Goetz (Dermot Mulroney) seek out Hudson's aide in finishing off this killer before he makes even bigger headlines.

What follows is actually a grossly enriching, deliciously tantalizing thriller that entertained me from the beginning attack to the final exchange. We don't have yet another senseless and mainly plotless thriller spin off here -- although this may explain how this gem got accidently buried. With so many senseless dribble out there, the audience starts losing track of the really good ones to keep their eyes on.

Agoraphobia is an awful thing and director Jon Amiel knows how to show this. Clever tilts and shots -- I almost felt like I was feeling a bit of the panic and dizziness myself. He does a great job having me sympathize with Weaver's character.

Unlike some other thriller's out there this one isn't predictable either. Well, it's not an award winning mind buster but it's also not a step-by-step guidebook. Some of the deaths I didn't predict, and some I didn't until their number was nearly up, but overall it was just plain interesting.

As always Weaver is genuine and focused as Helen. Holly Hunter as the female, hard-ass but realistic detective is just as convincing. Dermot Mulroney was cute and I loved his personality, he surprised me in the film. William NcNamara and Harry Connick Jr. are both creepy as hell and could NOT have been better chosen for their roles. (brrrrr) The hair lifted on my arms at a few scenes.

Copycat isn't gory or bloody but some of the deaths are brutal or else there are implications of violence. More psychological than eye candy.

One in the top pick of the litter, Copycat isn't just "another serial killer hunt" to bury along with countless others. With some startling turns and grim realities, this bad boy belong on the shelves of serial killer flick lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slick, stylish, psychological thriller with two charismatic female leads..., July 23, 2011
This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
A slick, stylish, psychological thriller about serial killers, Copycat (1995) isn't very realistic, but it is quite entertaining, providing a nice mix of suspense, action, drama, and mystery. The story may be somewhat predictable and clichéd, but the strong performances by Sigorney Weaver, Holly Hunter, and William McNamara, and some surprises and twists, result in a film that is worth seeing.

Expert on serial killers Helen Hudson (Weaver) is almost killed by Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick Jr.), an escaped serial killer that she helped send to prison. The trauma of almost being hanged in a toilet stall, causes her to become an agoraphobic recluse who never leaves her apartment. When a serial killer appears to be at work in San Francisco, Hudson contacts the police to offer advice, which leads to her reluctantly becoming involved in the case, working with detectives Mary Jane `MJ' Monahan (Hunter), and Reuben Goetz (Dermont Mulroney).

Hudson surmises that the killer is actually copying the modus operandi of various infamous serial killers from the past, such as the Boston Strangler, David Berkowitz, the Hillside Strangler, and Jeffery Dahmer. Predictably, Hudson becomes a target of the killer, and things start to get very personal. Her computer is hacked, her home invaded, and those close to her are threatened. The crisis causes the authorities to make a deal with the devil, as Dr. Hudson videoconferences with Cullum who is behind bars in prison, to get a lead to the copycat killer's identity. Harry Connick Jr. isn't onscreen much, but he is rather chilling playing a stereotypical psychotic type, who kind of looks like Earnest P. Worrell.

Copycat is guilty of being overdramatic, and the agoraphobic attacks are one element that are a bit hard to take, as Helen Hudson kind of fluctuates between being capable and proactive, to being vulnerable and too scared to move. Sigorney Weaver pulls it off well, bringing an edge and believability to her performance, even though the situations are sometimes ridiculous. William McNamara gives a gripping performance as Peter Foley, a cold hearted killer who has a chameleon-like ability to adapt his appearance and personality, to accomplish his grisly deeds. At the finish, Foley steps nicely into the spotlight, displaying signs of madness, without going too far overboard.

At 123 minutes, the movie runs a little long, and might have benefited from trimming some the periphery drama, like Monahan's romantic relationship with another cop (Will Patton). While the storyline humanizes the character, and gives Holly Hunter a chance to dig deeper, it really doesn't add significantly to the central story.

The DVD release features both widescreen and full screen presentations, and a very insightful and on topic audio commentary by director Jon Amiel, who among many things, reveals that the original screenplay was reworked to feature two women in the leading roles. Obviously a fortuitous decision, as Hunter and Weaver have some great scenes together. Copycat is a very slick crime drama that quickly draws you in, and then takes you on a dark and uneasy journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above-average thriller, November 3, 2002
This review is from: Copycat [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Sitting down in front of something entitled 'Copycat', something that came out in the same year as 'Seven', it's all too tempting to write it off. Whilst not exactly a classic, this is actually a very competent and scary thriller that works on several levels. The plot has Sigourney Weaver as Helen Hudson, a renowned criminal psychologist who has developed agoraphobia after an escaped convict tried to kill her 13 months ago. Alongside this we have Holly Hunter as a hard-hitting cop investigating a grisly string of murders on which they have no clues. No prizes for guessing that the two team up. It turns out that this is a copycat killer, replicating famous murders from serial killers in the past.
Several things set this apart from others of its ilk, not least the fact that it's quite disturbing, especially thanks to a horribly insane performance from Harry Connick Jnr as the escaped prisoner in question. Of course, Sigourney Weaver is as excellent as you'd expect, and Holly Hunter is very impressive too. There's also a real aspect of fright here, drawn out very well in Helen's sense of paranoia and the sense that someone is watching her every move - the creeping suspicion that high-tech security systems won't protect you is palpable. There's even a little bit of moralising over the celebrity of the serial killer alongside the celebrity of Helen's criminal psychologist.
Of course, there's a lot here that's pretty formulaic and despite good performances and a little depth, the basic story has been done before more interestingly. Still, even if this is never as good as 'Silence Of The Lambs', that's only because that broke the mould. As it stands, 'Copycat' is a very worthwhile film indeed that deserves a second look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful - Serial Killers, October 5, 2010
This review is from: Copycat (Snap Case) (DVD)
"Copycat" is a good suspenseful murder mystery, although some things just do not add up. It stars Sigourney Weaver who plays the lead as Helen Hudson, psychologist lecturer on serial killers. She becomes a victim as a psychopath student attempts to murder her. His name is Daryl Lee Cullum and is played amazingly well by Harry Connick, Jr. After seeing this movie you will wonder how Connick can change his entire appearance and personality beyond belief! Daryl hangs her in the university restroom, but before she dies, she is saved by an alert policeman and Daryl is put away for life. Because of this vicious attempt on her life, An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past. Helen becomes frightened to step out of her apartment for anything. She has become agoraphobic and trusts few people, except her openly gay assistant.

About a year after her attack, she sees a string of killings in the news that she knows are the working of a serial killer. She calls the police station several times and is treated like a kook. Holly Hunter plays a detective that has no leads except Helen's expertise inside a killer's mind. They team up and begin a strange partnership to take down a copycat serial killer. He is a genius that uses his talent to mimic famous murders from the past.

Very exciting and worth the watch.
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