Murder by Death Reviews

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Variety Staff
October 3, 2007
Murder by Death is a very good silly-funny Neil Simon satirical comedy, with a super all-star cast cavorting as recognizable pulp fiction detectives gathered at the home of Truman Capote, wealthy hedonist fed up with contrived gumshoe plots.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 3, 2007
This spoof of the great fictional-film detectives offers consistently funny scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2007
Stunningly unfunny.
Mark Bourne
June 27, 2006
So it all doesn't amount to much, and -- some knuckle-dragging 'he's gay'/'no I'm not' humor aside -- it's more Scooby Doo than Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Still, it's an amusing tea-cozy of a spoof with an enjoyable cast.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Director Moore and writer Neil Simon seem to have no real affection for either the characters they plunder mercilessly for laughs, or the locked room puzzle they turn on its head. Introductions over, the film slides downhill.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
As light and insubstantial as one could wish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 16, 2003
Generally successful send-up of classic mysteries with a lame finale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 2, 2003
A sometime funny satire on the old murder-mystery detective series of the 1930s and '40s. Some jokes hit, while others just bomb.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Hit & miss mystery spoof hits more often than it misses.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Far from great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 19, 2001
...pokes fun at every old fictional detective you can think of and every cliché you've ever wanted to red pencil out of a script.
| Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 18, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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