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Deception Reviews

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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
When you advertise an erotic thriller and then give us a comedy, that's deception in any language.
| Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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 Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 30, 2008
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 | Original Score: D
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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.
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2008
Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 25, 2008
Everyone, including Madrid, looks terrific, but Deception delivers on no other level, except perhaps as a guide to various New York hotel rooms.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2008
An overwrought and ultimately silly thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2008
There's only one good con game going on here. And it's the studio's sneaky plot to nimbly pick $11 from your pocket.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 25, 2008
Is there anything more boring than watching $20 million being electronically trans ferred to an offshore bank account? Maybe it's someone repeatedly barking 'You have no idea what I'm capable of!' into a cellphone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 25, 2008
Every actor has a few titles on his résumé that he'd love to forget. So should you ever have the opportunity to meet Deception stars Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, we highly recommend you pretend this movie was never made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 25, 2008
The plot comes together in Madrid in a whirl of multimillion-dollar swindles and gunplay, and for all its contrived surprises, it has the feel of a well-designed mousetrap snapping shut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2008
Deception would be laughably bad if it weren't so rotely inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 25, 2008
Deception is one of those films that leave you feeling vaguely dirty and wholly unsatisfied, a distasteful and wholly unbelievable mix of soft porn and obvious duplicity that holds not one ounce of emotional truth.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2008
What can compare with the white-knuckle suspense of uploading a file?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 25, 2008
Calling your terrible crime thriller Deception is like naming your bad cooking movie Food -- an advertisement for laziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2008
Simultanously silly and sleep-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2008
An accountant's sex fantasy, Deception is the story of an audit gone deliciously bad.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 24, 2008
To his credit, Langenegger keeps things relatively simple instead of resorting to lots of fast cutting and fancy camera angles. To his detriment, the picture he has made barely moves at all.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 24, 2008
From the nondescript title on down, Deception is a movie made to be forgotten.
| Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2008
You don't have to be a genius to find yourself several steps ahead of this helpfully titled mystery thriller.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 24, 2008
A thin thriller, burdened by clunky dialogue and prone to telegraphing its twists.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 24, 2008
Never less than watchable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 24, 2008
Deception is another example of when genre-fication (the forcing of otherwise intriguing stories into the straitjackets of horror, thriller or other genres) reduces our entertainment to head-shaking banality.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 24, 2008
Deception collapses into such a ridiculous pile of plot twists and double crosses, that there's nothing pleasurable about it -- guilty or otherwise. It tries to deceive us into thinking it makes sense.
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Sam Sweet
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2008
Deception offers a fantasy even big money can't buy -- Wall Street as a cross between a James Bond adventure and a Victoria's Secret spread.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 24, 2008
Deception is kind of like the Oscars. Both plod lamely at the beginning, milking inane dialogue, before trying to squeeze far too much into the last little bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5