Numerous critics had already sharpened their knives even before Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot color "re-creation" of the 1960 black-and-white Hitchcock classic was released, chiding the Good Will Hunting director for defiling hallowed ground. This intriguing cinematic curiosity, though, is hardly as sacrilegious as critics would lead you to believe. If anything, Van Sant doesn't take enough liberties with his almost slavish devotion to the material, now updated with modern references. At times, you wish Van Sant would cut loose with a little spontaneity, a little energy, a little something. Unfortunately, when he does venture outside Hitchcock's parameters, with inserted shots of storm clouds during the murder sequences, it's to little effect. Granted, he liberally splashes color throughout the film (especially in the case of the infamous shower scene), and this is a great-looking movie, but in his obsession with adding a new physical dimension to the film, there's little insight into these characters that Hitchcock hadn't already provided. Vince Vaughn, a robotic and giggly Norman, doesn't crawl under your skin the way boy-next-door Anthony Perkins did, and Anne Heche is admirable if not very sympathetic in the Janet Leigh role. Van Sant does score a minor coup, though, in his casting of the supporting roles: Julianne Moore provides a welcome shot of energy as Heche's irritable and curious sister, William H. Macy is a perfect small-time detective, Viggo Mortensen is studly enough to make you understand why Heche would want to run away with him, and James LeGros walks away with his one brief scene as a used car salesman. And Danny Elfman's gorgeous rerecording of Bernard Herrmann's score is a potent supporting character unto itself. Students and fans of the original film will get a kick out of the modern revisions, but don't expect anything of Hitchcockian caliber; watch it for the sum of its intriguing parts, but not the whole. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to the DVD edition.
I love the cast list in this movie. It was also directed to match the original movie scene by scene. Check it out! Read morePublished 18 months ago by shoozies
Even I saw the remake version in the theatrers and on VHS tape, this remake is somewhat different fromthe original version. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2010 by Kevin Barton
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho made an impact on all audiences around the world. Director Gus Van Sant is here to give you this word-for-word remake to make you forever take showers... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Chad DeFeo
Why? Why? WHY? Why remake a classic horror film? That means remaking it with exactly the same screenshots, lines, right down to the same camara angles used in the original. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Broken_Harlequin
Loads of people are slating this movie for being made at all considering the original was perfect in so many ways and constantly ask why did they do it? Read morePublished on June 29 2004
I just finished watching the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho.This movie is totally and utterly pointless.Anne Heche is the only thing that makes this film any good. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Mac
This movie was one of the best I hav ever seen. It is way better than the original. You have to see it. Vince Vaughn is the BEST Norman Bates. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by "bammargeragirl62789"
Though no worse on several levels than the original, much-overrated "Psycho," Gus Van Sant's remake offers little that is new. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Stephen Kaczmarek
Personally, this movie is worth the effort for the cast. Some great people are in here - in fact most of the main players are in my "favourites" list. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Ziggy Spaceboy