Critic Odie Henderson said that De Palma's films are either "feast or famine," and this is certainly in the latter category - clumsy and hammy but with no real purpose. His occasionally ingenious self-reflexive style - he likes making movies about movies being made and the act of watching movies - doesn't put a spark in any of the material, which is about a group of psychics using their powers against each other. I checked out about an hour after trying to sort out the relevance of the political material in the beginning and became frustrated when the pieces didn't stick together even part of the way through. Amy Irving doesn't do 'hysterical' very well, does she?
Director: Brian De Palma
Year Released: 1978