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A Perfect Murder Reviews

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 2, 2003
slick and twisted tale provides two delicious hours of intrigue and mystery, along with some unexpected wit and black comedy...
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
...the film is so lacking in anything original that it is hardly worth recommending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
...a fast-paced thriller that probably will leave Alfred Hitchcock aficionados mourning its shallowness -- but not until after they've enjoyed an adrenaline rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
...simpers along with relatively little suspense or thrills...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
A resolução não faz jus às duas primeiras horas de projeção.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
None of the amusement gained in watching the performances, unfortunately, amounts to much, as the script, in a desperate attempt to lend action interest to the original, static, puzzle plot, compounds surprise turn after surprise turn.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2001
What the film lacks is suspense, surprise (the new ending is a dud) and passion.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
You don't have to believe a word of the strained dialogue in A Perfect Murder to be seduced by the movie's chilly high-gloss ambiance and its skillfully plotted update of Frederick Knott's play...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
...A Perfect Murder has inexplicably managed to eliminate almost everything that was worthwhile about Dial M for Murder, leaving behind the nearly-unwatchable wreckage of a would-be '90s thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 1, 2000
...snoozy, slack...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I think it works like a nasty little machine to keep us involved and disturbed; my attention never strayed, and one of the elements I liked was the way Paltrow's character isn't sentimentalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Davis weaves a gorgeously lush film, charged with high tension, but the listless script renders his efforts alarmingly mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
...the story offers so many lapses in logic, so many plot holes and so much dialogue to howl for that there's plenty to talk about afterward.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
While the resolution may never be in doubt, how the film arrives there is a constant source of pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Andrew Davis (of Fugitive fame) has created a new and improved version, with first-rate performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
A streamlined, high gloss, touch-tone remake of the lesser-Hitchcock classic. Harken ye back to the days of rotary dialing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Loaded with dramatic irony in the first half and with tension in the second, the film gives Douglas another chance to do his slick, sinister best; Paltrow a chance to extend her emotional range; and Mortensen a chance to play the chameleon.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A thriller without much genuine suspense isn't much of a thriller even if the atmospherics are dead-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
What Andrew Davis has essentially done is to take one three-star movie and turn it into another three-star movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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