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Deception (2008)



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

Movie Info

"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, where the right cell-phone number and four simple words ("Are you free tonight?") can lead to an evening's sexual fulfillment. It's a world of "intimacy without intricacy," as Jonathan's first conquest (or vice versa) explains to him, and through The List Jonathan discovers a side of himself that he didn't know existed. But an affair with a ravishing and mysterious stranger known to Jonathan only by her first initial 'S', will expose him to yet another world he never imagined--one of betrayal, treachery and murder.more
Rating: R (for sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Bomback, Patrick Marber, Jason Keller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2008
Box Office: $4.6M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Hugh Jackman
as Wyatt Bose
Ewan McGregor
as Jonathan McQuarry
Natasha Henstridge
as Wall Street Analyst
Danny Burstein
as Clute Controller
Charlotte Rampling
as Wall Street Belle
Frank Girardeau
as Mr. Lewman
Bill Camp
as Clancey Controller
Bruce Altman
as Lawyer No.1
Andrew Ginsburg
as Lawyer No.2
Stephanie Roth Haber...
as Assistant Controller
Christine Kan
as Tennis Player No.1
Dante Spinotti
as Herr Kleiner/Mr. Mor...
Agnete Oernsholt
as Woman at Waldorf Ast...
Melissa Rae Mahon
as Velvet Rope Dancer #...
Rachel Montez Collin...
as Velvet Rope Dancer #...
Holly Cruikshank
as Velvet Rope Dancer #...
Deborah Yates
as Tango Dancer
Zoe Perry
as Secretary #1
Aya Cash
as Secretary #2
Paz de la Huerta
as List Member #1
Daisy Bates
as List Member #2
Shannan Click
as List Member #3
Jordan Tesfay
as List Member #4
Rachael Taylor
as List Member #4
Kenneth G. Yong
as Lotus Hotel Clerk
Paul Sparks
as Det. Burke
James Mazzola
as Locksmith
Lisa Kron
as Receptionist
Margaret Colin
as Ms. Pomerantz
Peter Scanavino
as Rhiga Desk Clerk
Frank Deal
as Police Officer
Florencia Lozano
as Clancey Receptionist
Emelie Jeffries
as Medical Examiner
Chandler Parker
as Uniform Cop
Peter Jay Fernandez
as Businessman on Airpl...
Gene Harrison
as Mr. Lewman Stunt Dou...
Mercedes Herrero
as Bank Greeter
Daniel Lugo
as Mr. Ruiz
Javier Godino
as Bank Manager
Brian Slaten
as Younger Officer
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Critic Reviews for Deception

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

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!

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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