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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A sloppy kiss.

3/10
Author: carbuff
12 August 2015

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Purely an utterly mediocre TV-quality movie that Morgan Freeman no doubt chose to star in mostly to pad his bank account. (I truly hope that he doesn't actually have this bad a taste in scripts, except when he's hungry for Benjamins.)

I can't honestly say that it was completely terrible, but it definitely wasn't worth the time lost, and it wasn't all that original either--just a jumble of stuff that mostly seems to have been used before with, admittedly, a few new elements.

There are plot holes left and right, and the cops and FBI all seem to be pretty incompetent (God, I hope I don't ever have to depend on this quality of law enforcement). The mild torture porn scenes were so intentionally aimed at titillation that they were basically just annoying. No performances, including Freeman's, were particularly captivating, although none embarrassingly bad either. Uninspired would be the best way to describe this whole experience.

I have to admit that I didn't know who was the killer until it was revealed, but when it was, it was totally unconvincing. A day later, it's even more unconvincing. The reason you can't guess the identity of the evil mastermind is that it doesn't really work well with the story at all--the motive and personality never seemed like it was ever there. That particular character was never developed much at all in the movie.

It looks like the story writers (Patterson doesn't write most of his own work, as I understand it) picked the villain simply because it would be very hard to guess, and for no other reason. (Maybe the book was better, but in this case I seriously doubt it, and the book would waste more of your life.) Therefore, as far as who did it, I don't feel thick at all for not having a clue. Which is a good way to summarize this movie: clueless.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Great Thriller

8/10
Author: mjw2305 from England
20 January 2007

A killer known as 'Casanova' has kidnapped eight women and police detective Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) must locate the hidden lair before these women are cruelly killed. He has to work closely with Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) the only person to escape from Casanova's lair, and there is more at stake for Cross than he bargained for.

Freeman and Judd are brilliantly paired together, both delivering top performances in this tension filled mystery thriller.

A strong cast throughout, a cunning plot and a solid screenplay make this movie a thriller that is not to be missed.

8/10

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Smart and intriguing

7/10
Author: Agent10 from Tucson, AZ
27 May 2002

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Morgan Freeman always seems to play the smart and wily detective, and he proved to be exceptional in his role as Alex Cross. One can easily compare his role in Seven to this one, but Cross's mentalities seem more determined in this film than in Seven. He had to carry on this investigation by himself, and his screen presence was very strong and dominant despite being an older character. This film was well put together, from the acting to the technical aspects, I commend the filmmakers for the job they did with this film. The only downside, I knew Cary Elwes was the bad guy from the beginning. While it was fun to see the movie play itself out, I was rather upset about figuring out the truth so early.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

This is one idiotic film

2/10
Author: zvelf2 from New York, NY
5 October 1999

This movie was so contrived, all one can do is throw one's arms up in the air. All the characters suffer from "I'm going to do the stupidest thing I can in this scene" syndrome. Morgan Freeman's character would have lost his job half way through the film for doing what he did, going out of his jurisdiction, withholding information from the FBI, giving a potential kidnapper a legal out. And that Ashley Judd's character could just tag along was completely ridiculous. Why didn't one particular character come up with the underground slave pit earlier? Um, because the movie would have and should have ended 10 minutes in.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Kiss Off

Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach
19 July 2001

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Spoilers herein.

No film genre is more demanding of good writing and vision, and nothing gets screwed up quite as badly as the mystery thriller.

This type of film needs to suck you in through the mental challenge, the intricacies of the narrative, the alien laws at work. If done cleverly, the viewer/detective becomes immersed and vulnerable to whatever manipulations the filmmaker has in store.

What's missing here is everything. Freeman in particular ticks me off. He's of the naturalistic school of acting, something akin to modeling. He doesn't put out for us, or the director -- he just shows up and puts on an avuncular face.

No one else on screen is sufficiently in command either. But all that wouldn't hurt so much if there was some craft in the story. Studios think it enough (post `Seven' and `Silence') to have genius criminals doing incredibly clever things.

This is not an intelligent film, and it should be. Avoid it and its sequel.

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Kiss the Girls!

10/10
Author: Movie Nuttball from U.S.A.
15 November 2003

Kiss the Girls is an excellent thriller! It has very good acting by cast! Morgan Freeman was great and Ashley Judd was very good! Brian Cox was good as well! I thought Cary Elwes was something else! The other cast members Alex McArthur, Tony Goldwyn, Jay O. Sanders, and Richard T. Jones were good. Is it Me or did he try to act and sound like Denzel Washington? Any way the movie is good and focuses on a great character named Alex Cross! In case you don't know there is another film that Morgan Freeman reprises his role as Alex Cross and its called Along Came A Spider! It is My favorite of the two but I am not saying that there is anything wrong with Kiss the Girls which is an excellent movie! I recommend you see both films!

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12 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Deliciously diabolical!

Author: David Choi from New Jersey, USA
28 January 1999

A devilish maniac is on the loose, kidnapping beautiful women left and right. Many of his unfortunate victims who do not comply to his sadistic demands end up being tortured...and killed. Dr. Jack Cross (Morgan Freeman) is an insightful psychologist working for the police department. He has been hired to investigate a peculiar pattern of apparently random abductions of young, nubile women. Cross fails to secure any leads until his battle with the infamous abductor turns personal. The detective's niece has recently became the latest victim to this psychotic's premeditated schemes...

Calling himself "Casanova," this misogynistic serial murderer is alluring, charming...and equally mentally destructive...

Cross's only assistant is a beautiful and intelligent doctor (Ashley Judd). Another police detective (Cary Elwes) is also chasing after the kidnapper. With no clue or leads for unmasking this elusive stalker, the police with the help from the doctor must find a clever way to unlocking his secrets. As time becomes of the essence and the night takes over, Cross and the doctor rush desperately to seek out the lost souls who are under duress into becoming the fiend's prisoners...

KISS THE GIRLS is a perversely provocative thriller with such stunning photography. The moody atmosphere truly enraptures the viewer into a dark nightmarish world. The lightning is sometimes incomprehensible for the picture, but this fault adds to the disturbing effect of the movie itself. KISS THE GIRLS is a great mystery, with the individual clues and seemingly isolated events carefully stitched together to create one whole puzzle that may just serve as the tip of the iceberg.

Thanks to a seductively morbid tone, the film keeps the viewer fascinated throughout the length of the flick. KISS THE GIRLS is a sophisticated horror show since the audience never knows who the real killer may be. Even so, there is always more to the background scenery then what the eyes are allowed to see. The viewer must always eavesdrop when the leads interact with each other on screen...

Deliciously diabolical! The performances from KISS THE GIRLS are first rate. Ashley Judd is riveting as a kick-boxing doctor whose strong willpower can make her an appropriate inspiration and role model for young females. Morgan Freeman establishes more integrity as a forensics psychologist, determined to track down his kidnapped niece. The main scoundrel, whoever his real name may be, is one of the most unique villains ever to embrace the screen. His characteristics were wisely shot in a series of bleak, unrelenting shots so that the moviegoer may get a glimpse of his cryptic face, yet, they can not spill the beans as to find out who he really is.

KISS THE GIRLS is a startling movie with an array of scares and plot twists to keep you interested plus a decent pace to keep the story-line moving.

RATING: **1/2 out of ****.

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Kiss Ashley Judd.

6/10
Author: Python Hyena from Canada
6 October 2015

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Kiss the Girls (1997): Dir: Gary Fleder / Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeremy Piven: Potential chilling psychological thriller representing infliction or violation of its victims. Morgan Freeman plays a psychologist investigating the abductions of women whose bodies are found in the woods. He became involved in the case when his niece went missing. The killer is a collector of young women. The heart of the story regards Ashley Judd's escape through various caves and her recollection of what happened. She assists Freeman with the case in order to track down the missing girls. Intriguing until it becomes all too obvious who the killer is. The ending is a cheat when the killer enters Judd's home and viewers are teased shamelessly with elements such as her passing the killer a butcher knife. This only irritates as oppose to create suspense. Stylish direction by Gary Fleder who previously made Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead. He is alive and whether he was in Denver or not, the thing he wasn't doing was getting a screenwriter who could create genuine suspense here. What works best is the atmosphere and lighting, particularly in the dwelling place Judd finds herself. Freeman and Judd hold their own but Cary Elwes and Tony Goldwyn labor under flat material. Quite eerie even if its theme doesn't quite penetrate like kissing those girls. Score: 6 / 10

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…and Make Them Cry

5/10
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles
14 July 2014

Over the opening credits, a breathy-voiced serial killer recalls his first sexual fantasies. Presently, in Washington DC, we meet boxing trainer Morgan Freeman (as Alex Cross), who is summoned during a session with his young students. Also revealed as a police detective and doctor, Mr. Freeman learns his niece has become the latest victim of a serial killer known as "Casanova" (named after the famous Italian lover). Meanwhile, in a North Carolina forest, our hooded serial killer stalks and kills a scantily clad college sophomore. She had not been compliant enough for her captor. As wisely surmised by Freeman, the serial killer is really a "collector" of beautiful women – he keeps them as sex slaves in an underground cavern...

"Kiss the Girls" starts out with an intriguing story, taken from the successful novel by James Patterson. What made it captivating in the book looks cluttered and confusing on screen, however. There are too many moments when you ask, "How the heck did that happen?" as characters often appear trapped in their own awkward actions. The inability of authorities to discover the villain's lair due to acrobatic amnesia given beautiful Ashley Judd (as Kate McTiernan) is one example. At another point, one vulnerable character asks someone we know is sinister to hand her a "big chopping knife" to cut some little carrots. The next two lines could have been, "What big teeth you have!" and "The better to eat you with, my dear!"...

The fascinating duality of the villain doesn't double the terror like it should. There are a few allusions, but we don't see the truly evil actions being described – the direction is more mildly erotic than horrific or suspenseful. Although it would be departing from the original work, it might have been nice to see more of a partnership between Freeman's detective helpers Cary Elwes (as Nick Ruskin) and Alex McArthur (as Davey Sikes). There is a glimpse of Mr. McArthur in a car near the end which makes you wonder if another tryst was possible. Yet, this brief shot of the McArthur becomes another "What the heck did that mean?" moment. Still, Freeman and the others perform skillfully, as does the production crew.

***** Kiss the Girls (9/10/97) Gary Fleder ~ Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn

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Sort of Shallow Considering

6/10
Author: LeonLouisRicci from United States
25 August 2013

Embracing the right Atmosphere, this is a slightly better than Average Serial Killer Movie that loses some attempted perversity with its lack of exploration into the Misfit Mind of these Human Anomalies. Just what makes them tick, we always ask. Most of the time they are highly intelligent, cunning, and are so out there that they seem like Aliens or Demons in Human form. But here little time is spent on Personality or Character Demystification.

It is sacrificed for uninteresting Police Procedures and Crime Scenes and Thriller Movie Clichés. The two Leads, as always, deliver credibility to their Roles, but as sincere and gifted as Ashley Judd may be, this may be a slight bit of Miscasting. Morgan Freeman is fine as the Black Forensic Psychologist Alex Cross, from the Novels.

Technically, as Cross points out, this is not a Serial Killer in the (im)purist sense. He is a Collector who Kills only when his Living Dolls misbehave. Then he unfeelingly disposes of them like so many Chatty Cathy's. In the end, it is worth a view, but is not very well thought out and the Script lets the whole thing feel a lot less intelligent than the Characters, on both sides of the Law deserve.

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