A Perfect Murder 1998

A Perfect Murder

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A slick little thriller that relies a bit too much on surprise events to generate suspense.

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51%

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Wall Street baron Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) discovers that his pretty young wife, Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow), is cheating on him. But what concerns him more than her infidelity is the hope of profiting from her untimely death. Emily has millions, and Steve's own financial empire is collapsing before his eyes. He hires her lover, David (Viggo Mortensen), to murder her. The plan -- to stage a break-in that will look like a random murder -- turns out to be far from perfect.

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Critic Reviews for A Perfect Murder

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  • May 07, 2012
    interesting take on the original hitchcock film. I didn't like the changes and like psycho i just didn't feel the need for this to be remade. why remake a classic, once a film hits perfection leave it alone
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    A typical mid-90's thriller with the murders and the twists and the mystique and the sexual tension. But hey....I like the mid-90's thrillers...they get the money rolling. Pretty okay movie.
    Martin S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2010
    I've just watched 'A Perfect Murder', and once again I'm impressed by Michael Douglas' performance. Maybe Michael Douglas is very good at reading scripts, because almost all his movies are good or at least average. New Douglas movies like One Night at McCool's and Traffic confirms Douglas' skills to choose roles. It shouldn't all be about Douglas, but I needed to praise this great actor. The movie is pretty exciting with some thrills throughout the whole movie. Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen are good supporting actors and their performances shouldn't be missed either. If you like an exciting crime story with some complications, then 'A Perfect Murder' is a good choice. It is good, but there are better movies on the market .
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    This stylish and dark drama stars Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow as a married couple ensnared in a web of mutual deceit and treachery. Despite the couple's wealthy lifestyle, neither one is happy. The wife is cheating on the husband. Instead of being furious at her lover (Viggo Mortenson) Douglas offers him a lot of money to kill his wife and the man accepts. They work out a plan for the perfect murder, but then things go wrong... The plot is like a time-bomb ready to explode as the story develops into a thrilling and a guessing game to see what will happen to each of the characters.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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