A Perfect Murder (1998)



Critic Consensus: A slick little thriller that relies a bit too much on surprise events to generate suspense.

Movie Info

A Perfect Murder is based on Frederick Knott's play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Married to commodities trader Stephen Taylor (Michael Douglas), Emily Bradford (Gwyneth Paltrow) is romantically involved with artist David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). Aware of this affair, Stephen researches David's past, visits his loft studio, and informs David that he knows about his aliases, jail sentences, and various cons and scams directed at rich women. Then Stephen offers David … More

Rating: R (For violence, sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Smith Kelly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 3, 1998
Universal / Warner Bros.


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Critic Reviews for A Perfect Murder

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (17)

...a fast-paced thriller that probably will leave Alfred Hitchcock aficionados mourning its shallowness -- but not until after they've enjoyed an adrenaline rush.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

None of the amusement gained in watching the performances, unfortunately, amounts to much, as the script, in a desperate attempt to lend action interest to the original, static, puzzle plot, compounds surprise turn after surprise turn.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

What the film lacks is suspense, surprise (the new ending is a dud) and passion.

June 5, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

...there's nothing about this thriller to prevent it from soon becoming enmeshed in the memory with others in which Michael Douglas wears a starched collar and grits his teeth.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

...snoozy, slack...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Perfect Murder


Modern version of Hitchcock movie 'Dial M for Murder'. A rich wife Emily (Gwyneth) has an affair with a shady artist (Viggo). Her husband Steven (Michael) finds out and blackmails his wife's lover into killing her. It would have been the perfect murder but it does not all go to plan. Great cast. Great plot. Viggo actually painted the paintings in the loft.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A typical mid-90's thriller with the murders and the twists and the mystique and the sexual tension. But hey....I like the mid-90's thrillers...they get the money rolling. Pretty okay movie.

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


I really wanted to enjoy this movie. It looks amazing on paper, but it just wasn't anything special. The plot started off quite nice, but became an incredibly cheesy and typical ending. I am extremely sick of movies that have to end with the good guy/girl winning. I think the idea that you can remake Dial M for Murder and make it better or even on par is an utter joke. Even with actors like Michael Douglas and Viggo Mortensen, you can't top Hitchcock.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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