A Perfect Murder
A Perfect Murder (1998)

A Perfect Murder is based on Frederick Knott's play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Married to commodities trader Stephen Taylor (Michael Douglas), Emily Bradford (Gwyneth Paltrow) is romantically involved with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 1998
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55%
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51%



Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

...a fast-paced thriller that probably will leave Alfred Hitchcock aficionados mourning its shallowness -- but not until after they've enjoyed an adrenaline rush.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

slick and twisted tale provides two delicious hours of intrigue and mystery, along with some unexpected wit and black comedy...

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

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.

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Anthony Miele
Film Threat

...the film is so lacking in anything original that it is hardly worth recommending.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What the film lacks is suspense, surprise (the new ending is a dud) and passion.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

...simpers along with relatively little suspense or thrills...

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Modern version of Hitchcock movie 'Dial M for Murder'. A rich wife Emily (Gwyneth) has an affair with a shady artist (Viggo). Her husband Steven… More
Dean !
A very good thriller with a great well established cast. Pity David Suchet didn't get a bit more screen time though. Has some good twists but nothing you… More
Martin Sahlin
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… More
Lady D'arbanville
The remake of Hitchcock?s ?Dial M for Murder? and a good job of it was made. Some slight variences from the original storyline, but all the important parts… More
Conner Rainwater
I really wanted to enjoy this movie. It looks amazing on paper, but it just wasn't anything special. The plot started off quite nice, but became an… More
Jennifer Xu
the best thing about this movie is gwyneth paltrow.

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