Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 47671


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Dermot Mulroney as Reuben Goetz
Sigourney Weaver as Helen Hudson
Holly Hunter as M.J. Monahan
Harry Connick Jr. as Daryll Lee Cullum
1.84 GB
23.976 fps
2hr 3 min
P/S 3 / 21

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7 / 10

Effective Thriller from the 90's

In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver) is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick Jr.) kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy (John Rothman) that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan (Holly Hunter) and Reuben Goetz (Dermot Mulroney) are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley (William McNamara) contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder?

"Copycat" is an effective thriller from the 90's and certainly among the best ones. The performances of Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter are great and Holly Hunter is a great surprise as a detective in a thriller. There are many movies about serial-killers and the great difference in "Copycat" is two women in the lead roles. The identity of the killer is disclosed too soon and could be kept as a mystery; but anyway the character is not connected to Helen, Andy, M.J. or Reuben and it would not be possible to have a twist or a major surprise if the mystery was kept. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Copycat - A Vida Imita a Morte" ("Copycat – The Life Imitates The Death")

Reviewed by ronarimes 6 / 10

Almost brilliant

Almost - but not. Great acting by Sigorney Weaver and an appropriate music score. The plot started out well and I was pretty terrified, gripped by the drama - and then it went silly. I know it's a fictional story but no need to be so inplausible and ridiculous. It changed from being an exciting thriller into a black comedy and I felt short changed.

Reviewed by capone666 5 / 10

The Vidiot Reviews...


If you are going to imitate a serial killer mimic one who has never been caught.

Sadly, none of the murderers in this psychological thriller copy the Zodiac Killer.

When dead bodies start appearing around San Francisco, Inspector Monahan (Holly Hunter) and her partner (Dermot Mulroney) seek the expertise of a renowned criminal psychology, Dr. Hudson (Sigourney Weaver), who became a shut-in after she was attacked by a serial killer, Cullum (Harry Connick Jr.).

But when the new maniac's MO matches Cullum's, Hudson must face her jailed assailant in order to prevent the copycat from concluding Cullum's work before they get to her.

With solid acting - save for Connick Jr. - and a twist filled script that keeps you guessing, this 1995 cat and mouse caper also offers up much insight into the methodical mind of a serial killer.

Nevertheless, plagiarizing other murderers will not win you a Stabby Award. Yellow Light

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