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  1. Jim Fear's rating of the film Obsession

    it gets worse and worse until The End

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film Obsession

    Une oeuvre tordue à souhait, quelquefois envoûtante... www.cinefiches.com

  3. Renton47's rating of the film Obsession

    In case you can't tell it's a ghost story, the film takes place in the remnants of dead cultures - restored cathedrals, old plantation houses - stunningly shot. De Palma was fair to criticise Cliff, he seems passionless in the crucial middle part, esp. playing off a hammy Lithgow. Then that off quality becomes the point when the film goes where we only dream it might. A little late, but it's enough.

  4. Addy K.'s rating of the film Obsession

    Great artists don't borrow, they steal. Conceived by Schrader and De Palma after a late night screening of VERTIGO, this is more than just homage. OBSESSION exposes their lifelong predilections and is an early indicator of the filmmakers' artistic bluster. Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography and Bernard Herrmann’s score help keep the fragile truce between love and insanity, as tenderness deforms into kinkiness and back.

  5. Thomas's rating of the film Obsession

    Creepy and disturbing chiller. The nods to Hitchcock, though affectionate, do become tiresome. There is a kitsch quality, similar to that of some of the Italian Giallo of the same time, which I feel does suit the overall tone well. The ending, in contrast to the rest of the structure, felt rushed and was a let down.

  6. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Obsession

  7. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film Obsession

  8. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Obsession

    An interesting development of some of Vertigo's themes in terms of male gaze and objectification, nicely signalled in the Florence scenes especially, while the oedipal denouement takes us into the territory of full psychological horror, well played by both Robertson and especially Bujold. But I find the knowing quality to De Palma's approach too much, the incessant score irritating and the overall simply unpleasant.

  9. janh24's rating of the film Obsession

  10. Ramzi's rating of the film Obsession

    Vertigo with added Catholic guilt and incest - that's De Palma, baby! Good film, nice symbolism with the church and the tomb

  11. Max Seqgar's rating of the film Obsession

    The camera work is sooo good here, and the music never lets go... almost to an obsessive point.

  12. Magic Lantern Alison's rating of the film Obsession

    Great denoument! Most of the film is a poor-man's Vertigo/Don't Look Now with echoes of The Omen, but the final act is really gripping.

  13. Levi Miah's rating of the film Obsession

    A bombastic score by Bernard Herrmann propels this straight-Hitchcockian thriller. A less misogynistic male lead is a welcome change from it's inspiration - though if you've seen Vertigo and Oldboy, you'll see the end coming way sooner than the reveal.

  14. Pedderrs's rating of the film Obsession

    Brian De Palma is channeling Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo here on virtually every level -- tonally as well as structurally -- but it's done with such skill that you probably won't care. A memorable if somewhat implausible thriller, Obsession is full of twists and turns that will continually keep the viewer guessing right up to the very last frame. Geneviève Bujold is majestic.

  15. Matt's rating of the film Obsession

  16. m.jempson@btinternet.com's rating of the film Obsession

    Very creepy Hitchcockian pastiche. Thought I had seen it before, way back, but donlt recall a thing - what does that tell you (about the film, as much as me!)?

  17. mattywuh's rating of the film Obsession

    A terrible film that looks good.

  18. 'king Harold's rating of the film Obsession

    Sort of hilarious, ridiculous cheek of the plot line, have to give it props really, there is a big question mark over a rather large question central to the whole thing, I won't spoil anything,John Lithgow is excellently evil.

  19. Raymond Likes Subtitles's rating of the film Obsession

    I'd kinda of guessed the plot twist but still a classic WTF Depalma ending.

  20. babycakesromero's rating of the film Obsession

  21. Nicolas Pierce's rating of the film Obsession

    This movie has a lot of problems. Sure, De Palma's use of the camera is elegant (in a showy way) and his commitment to telling a cinematic story admirable, but the male lead is a lump of wood and the screenplay doesn't really seem to have a clue what it's trying to do or say, which is shocking when you consider it's by Schrader, who turned in some of the best screenplays of the era. Vertigo this definitely ain't.

  22. PFL's rating of the film Obsession

    A wonderful and distinctive picture which truly comes to life when the action is transplanted from New Orleans to Florence (a nocturnal journey through the city's deserted streets is one of the film's real highlights). The direction is striking whilst a towering score from the great Bernard Herrmann lends the film an almost delirious quality.

  23. Tja's rating of the film Obsession

    Things were better in the 70's, but not to judge from this Hitchcock-influenced twists in the tale distraught, pseudo psychological crime caper. The sound track must have employed every free-lance in Hollywood such is the over-blown, melodramatic assault on our ears which underscores the narrative. The camera angles are gawky and the over-all result is either ' highly stylised' or gauche - no, its gauche.

  24. Ghon's rating of the film Obsession

    Somehow missed this de Palma. This might have worked better if he hadn't done it as pastiche. The perversity at the heart of Vertigo gets you partly because the film is so extraordinarily beautiful and intelligent. This feels more like it's uglier, dumber sibling rather than a homage. Quite a big nod towards Don't Look Now with the same unfavourable comparison. But sometimes the ugly sibling is more interesting.

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