A Perfect Murder Reviews

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 2, 2003
slick and twisted tale provides two delicious hours of intrigue and mystery, along with some unexpected wit and black comedy...
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
...the film is so lacking in anything original that it is hardly worth recommending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
...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 | Original Score: 4/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
...simpers along with relatively little suspense or thrills...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
A resolução não faz jus às duas primeiras horas de projeção.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2001
What the film lacks is suspense, surprise (the new ending is a dud) and passion.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
A streamlined, high gloss, touch-tone remake of the lesser-Hitchcock classic. Harken ye back to the days of rotary dialing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A thriller without much genuine suspense isn't much of a thriller even if the atmospherics are dead-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This unscary thriller also suffers from dreadful miscasting, not the least of which is pairing Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas as the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Grunden
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Somewhere, Alfred Hitchcock is yawning.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
...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 | Original Score: 2/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Paltrow, too, is generally a good actress but there is a paint-by-numbers quality to her work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
As is the case with too many remakes, the slick new take falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
...the story offers so many lapses in logic, so many plot holes and so much dialogue to howl for that there's plenty to talk about afterward.
| Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Davis weaves a gorgeously lush film, charged with high tension, but the listless script renders his efforts alarmingly mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 1, 2000
...snoozy, slack...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I think it works like a nasty little machine to keep us involved and disturbed; my attention never strayed, and one of the elements I liked was the way Paltrow's character isn't sentimentalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
While the resolution may never be in doubt, how the film arrives there is a constant source of pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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