The film is polished when it should be edgy and impersonal when it should be seductive. full review
So much of Van Sant's 'new' version of the classic remains the same that you sit there shaking your head, mumbling, why, oh, why?
Contains nothing to outrage or offend partisans of the original, yet neither does it stand to add much to their appreciation. full review
Van Sant clearly knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and his own smooth touch is neatly sympathetic with his predecessor's. full review
The movie is an invaluable experiment in the theory of cinema, because it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted. full review
Vaughn and Heche bring energy and freshness to the parts originated by Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Heche is so good, in fact, and so frisky and watchable in her role, that after her grisly demise in the shower you miss her for a long time. full review
A lot less scary!
It remains the most structurally elegant and sneakily playful of thrillers! full review
This is a lifeless, workmanlike project; all tension has been leeched away. Also, it's in color. full review
Van Sant has cranked up the realism about 20 points, but somehow what he achieves for the effort is a larger sense of banality!