Marion Hart
April 17, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kiss the Girls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/03/97
performer
Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Tatyana Ali, Brian Cox, Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeremy Piven, Mena Suvari
director
Gary Fleder
distributor
Paramount Pictures, Rysher Entertainment
author
David Klass
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a C

Freeman and Judd labor mightily to lend credibility to this Silence of the Lambs derivative about a forensic psychologist (Freeman) hunting for a killer who preys on the best and brightest young women — including Judd’s kickboxing doctor, Kate. Kiss the Girls shows promise with Kate’s capture and bold escape from the psycho girl-kisser’s underground lair, but lapses into implausibility once she hangs up her scrubs to help find the killer and rescue the other victims. These days, it’s not enough to have women raped and killed; this film’s nut makes them dress up and listen to violin concerts. The plot’s best twist remains maddeningly unexplained, as does why Freeman’s cop would ever let Judd go with him on stakeouts. The woman in jeopardy gets even, but the story ends up the real victim.

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