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Deception Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
The film plays like two movies in one and they are sadly somewhat in conflict with one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 25, 2008
Deception recalls the fantasies of Showtime's soft-core series Red Shoe Diaries. It's often tastefully laughable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2008
As thriller storytelling, however, Deception cannot get enough of the obvious. Each major story revelation is so flagrantly telegraphed, when the revelations arrive they're more like fax confirmation sheets of what already came through.
| Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
April 25, 2008
Overly deliberate, quite preposterous thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
April 25, 2008
Deception is star-filled and competently crafted, but so afraid of real sexuality that it instead offers us soft-lit perfume-ad images, and is erroneously convinced that moviegoers won't be able to spot lazy storytelling once their glasses are steamed up
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2008
Deception will deceive very few viewers as an all-too-obvious setup leads to a foregone conclusion featuring forgettable characters.
Edward Douglas
April 24, 2008
This boring, obvious and overly stylish cat-and-mouse thriller offers fewer thrills than a 'Tom and Jerry' cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2008
It's as if they took a Hitchcock movie and dropped the style and IQ level about 85 percent.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2008
Trading in shabby trickery, Deception proves painfully incapable of building a better suspense-movie mousetrap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 2, 2008
[Deception is] sluggish when it should be nimble, explanatory when things are clear, and loose with logic when rigor would be more apt.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Holcomb
September 28, 2008
This film would make a perfect commercial thriller for James Spader and Rob Lowe were it still 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
May 14, 2008
(Deception) is a perfect example of an interesting plotline mixed in with some really cheesy and sappy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 25, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
April 25, 2008
Frankly there's nothing sadder in the world than to watch a sex-laden film unable to climax properly.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Prairie Miller
April 25, 2008
The most intriguing mystery may be the poor performance lately of Wall Street, as Deception suggests a yen for hard core kinky private sex clubs among the financial swells, that could be distracting them from proper concentration on money management.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 5, 2008
...a hopeless 'erotic thriller' that, as it happens, is neither...
| Original Score: 1/5
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
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?"
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
April 25, 2008
The inevitable absurdities and coincidences of the plot are easy enough to accept along the way, except perhaps for the sex club, which is just a little too absurd to function as a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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