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A Perfect Murder Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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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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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
His [Davis] direction is swift and very effective, and the movie, shot in shades of ebony (the color of black marble), looks exceptionally handsome.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
...snoozy, slack...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
...there's nothing about this thriller to prevent it from soon becoming enmeshed in the memory with others in which Michael Douglas wears a starched collar and grits his teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
June 5, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: B-