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Deception (2008)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 83

Deception is a middling, predictable potboiler with mediocre dialogue and ludicrous plot twists.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 30

Deception is a middling, predictable potboiler with mediocre dialogue and ludicrous plot twists.



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"Are you free tonight?" A simple enough question, but how Jonathan McQuarry answers it will change his life forever. A corporate auditor adrift in a sea of New York's power elite, Jonathan's work is his entire life. But, a chance meeting with Wyatt Bose, a charismatic corporate lawyer, introduces Jonathan to a decadent playground for Manhattan's executive upper crust. For these power brokers, whose 18-hour workdays leave no time for a personal life, there's "The List"--a sex club, of sorts,


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Mark Bomback

Sep 23, 2008


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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (83) | DVD (17)

When you advertise an erotic thriller and then give us a comedy, that's deception in any language.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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There's not a twist in this flimsy and moth-eaten plot that isn't both contrived and transparent and not a character who hasn't been hopelessly manipulated by the needs of the narrative.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Everything is wrong pretty much from the start of this misbegotten adventure in Adrian Lyne territory, including but not limited to the strained mind games that drive the plot, and the tentative New York accents on the actors from Australia and Scotland.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's as if they took a Hitchcock movie and dropped the style and IQ level about 85 percent.

April 28, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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A would-be erotic thriller with no heat and zero chills, Deception has the kind of glassy, glossy sheen and risible story that mean to suggest Basic Instinct but instead invoke lesser laughers like Jade and Sliver.

April 25, 2008
New York Times
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Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Um sub-Jade (e quem se lembra daquele longa dirigido por William Friedkin sabe o que ser um "sub-Jade" significa) que teria sido lançado diretamente no Cine Privê da Band caso não contasse com um elenco tão célebre.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

An indigestible concoction of ingredients thrown together without the benefit of any serious consideration of logic.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It is about as erotic as a midweek National Express coach journey to Hitchin.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

A slick, cat-and-mouse thriller that unfolds with sharply-diminishing plausibility.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

The film plays like two movies in one and they are sadly somewhat in conflict with one another.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Stylishly directed and superbly acted but ultimately disappointing thriller, thanks to an over-familiar plot and some laughably bad dialogue.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This film would make a perfect commercial thriller for James Spader and Rob Lowe were it still 1994.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

The all-too-obvious script weaknesses didn't spoil my fascination with the premise and where it took us. It also afforded me a whole new look at Williams.

September 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comment (1)
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June 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

All of the lead actors involved are far above the material. If they weren't involved it probably would have premiered on Cinemax at 3a.m.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

You'd think that with all the focus groups and test marketing Hollywood does that somewhere along the line someone would have said, "hey, don't you think this one strains credibility a bit too much?"

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

[Deception is] sluggish when it should be nimble, explanatory when things are clear, and loose with logic when rigor would be more apt.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

(Deception) is a perfect example of an interesting plotline mixed in with some really cheesy and sappy moments.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: BDK Reviews
BDK Reviews

Ultimately, the movie packs less erotic heat than even Horton Hears a Who! or Young@Heart.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

...a hopeless 'erotic thriller' that, as it happens, is neither...

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

wants us to get all hot and bothered watching a status bar on an electronic funds transfer

May 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

(This film is) not worthy of the work of Jackman, McGregor, and cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Not bad for an hour, but the ending is worse than ludicrous.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Deception

An accountant finds himself enmeshed in a blackmail scheme and a mysterious list of liaisons.
This is just your run-of-the-mill, hackneyed thriller. There aren't any surprises, and the few moments of lascivious fun aren't enough to lure anybody except a twelve-year-old who has never seen a boob before.
Even the performances by Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams feel phoned in, and Hugh Jackman has never been worse.
Overall, there are worse films, but there is nothing that sets this film apart from its peers.
November 24, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Like a Youtube video farce of a thriller, but with highly recognizable faces, this one plays an old game of bait and switch and hopes you'll play along and pretend to be surprised. I doubt you will. Although very stylized looking, ultimately an empty exercise.
April 14, 2012

Super Reviewer

There is alot about this Movie what I really liked and enjoyed but one has to see themselves to make their own minds.

Imagine just one line changes your life. "How z it going?" And you are in middle of "conspiracy. Now its up to you whom you TRUST!
January 9, 2012
Wahida K

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