Deception 2008

Deception

Critics Consensus

Deception is a middling, predictable potboiler with mediocre dialogue and ludicrous plot twists.

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As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) wanders without an anchor among New York's power brokers. A chance meeting with charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) leads to Jonathan's introduction to The List, an underground sex club. Jonathan begins an affair with a woman known only as S (Michelle Williams), who introduces Jonathan to a world of treachery and murder.

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Critic Reviews for Deception

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (89)

  • The success of thrillers like this one depends heavily on skillfully handled smoke and mirrors, but Deception's predictable plot turns won't really deceive anyone.

    November 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Drew Toal

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • When sex (and mystery) gives way to a multimillion-dollar heist (and explanations), the whole thing just gets silly. Sexy fun for a while, though.

    November 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
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  • The difference between a decent thriller and Deception is that a good thriller at least tries to keep you guessing with a few twists and turns.

    November 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It is about as erotic as a midweek National Express coach journey to Hitchin.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • When you advertise an erotic thriller and then give us a comedy, that's deception in any language.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: C-
  • 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.

    June 10, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deception

  • Nov 24, 2012
    An accountant finds himself enmeshed in a blackmail scheme and a mysterious list of liaisons. This is just your run-of-the-mill, hackneyed thriller. There aren't any surprises, and the few moments of lascivious fun aren't enough to lure anybody except a twelve-year-old who has never seen a boob before. Even the performances by Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams feel phoned in, and Hugh Jackman has never been worse. Overall, there are worse films, but there is nothing that sets this film apart from its peers.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2012
    Like a Youtube video farce of a thriller, but with highly recognizable faces, this one plays an old game of bait and switch and hopes you'll play along and pretend to be surprised. I doubt you will. Although very stylized looking, ultimately an empty exercise.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2011
    You think it's hard to make a bad movie with three really good actors? Watch Deception, some kind of a thriller/drama, and you'll see it is possible! The director Marcel Langenegger with the assistance of the screenplay by Mark Bomback manage to destroy everything stars Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, and Michelle Williams had to offer. It was watchable, but I did not mind my snacks in between without pausing the film because it was very predictable! If you have nothing better to do and you run out of good movies... yes, put it on your DVD and watch it... or call your retired neighbour and play scrabble? Just a thought!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2011
    Back in the 70's or 80's, this movie may have had a chance, but I think audiences (including myself) are too jaded by the "shocking twist/ twist ending" storyline, considering virtually every movie employs this tactic now. I appreciate that they drop obvious hints, and don't expect us to be surprised - unfortunately, this results in just sitting around for 40 minutes waiting for the next twist to happen. Good performances, but I can't begin to care about the plot. Lethargic, to be polite, Why isn't this 20 minutes shorter, to be honest.
    Curt C Super Reviewer

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