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Death Defying Acts Reviews

August 8, 2008
The movie is over-schematic, slow-moving and over-furnished. It never seems to come alive with any believable interplay of characters; the movie locks itself into a watertight tank of a premise, and the handcuffs won't come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2008
All in all, it's a bit of a snore that falls back on romance when all else fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
July 18, 2008
Director Gilliam Anderson doesn't distinguish this generic romance from a thousand other costumed bodice rippers -- is a kinky handcuff scene too much to ask?
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 16, 2008
Pearce's boys-adventure take on the vaudeville legend is a hoot, though not nearly as laughable as the dialogue or Zeta-Jones's pitiful attempts at basic emoting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
July 11, 2008
What the film loses in momentum as the romance takes over, it gains in sex appeal as its two attractive actors make their own kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2008
All a 'what if' movie needs to win me over are some lush costumes and production design, a smart casting choice or two, and a really ridiculous basic idea. Death Defying Acts obliges on all fronts.
July 11, 2008
Director Gillian Armstrong is more attentive to decor than the story, which never seems in a hurry to get anyplace in particular and concludes with a thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 11, 2008
Zeta-Jones and Pearce don't have much chemistry, the script lacks any significant depth and the direction feels oddly uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
July 11, 2008
Death Defying Acts, a fictionalized love story involving Harry Houdini, could be a sweet little discovery if only the relationship at the core of it were more convincing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 10, 2008
This won't be remembered as one of the prodigiously talented Armstrong's great films (My Brilliant Career, High Tide, Little Women), but it's still 90 percent better than everything else out there.
September 8, 2007
Sounding intriguing enough in concept, Death misses the mark onscreen in a way adaptations of deceptively cinematic novels often do.