A Perfect Murder
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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 artist David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). Aware of this affair, Stephen researches David's past, visits his loft studio, and informs David that he knows about his aliases, jail sentences, and various cons and scams directed at rich women. Then Stephen offers David $500,000 to murder Emily, and David agrees. The plan is calculated to make the murder look like an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...a fast-paced thriller that probably will leave Alfred Hitchcock aficionados mourning its shallowness -- but not until after they've enjoyed an adrenaline rush."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A Perfect Murder begins better than it ends, and the pleasures it offers turn out to be more of a transitory nature."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"slick and twisted tale provides two delicious hours of intrigue and mystery, along with some unexpected wit and black comedy..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A resolução não faz jus às duas primeiras horas de projeção."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This unscary thriller also suffers from dreadful miscasting, not the least of which is pairing Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas as the leads."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"...the film is so lacking in anything original that it is hardly worth recommending."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"A streamlined, high gloss, touch-tone remake of the lesser-Hitchcock classic. Harken ye back to the days of rotary dialing."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Somewhere, Alfred Hitchcock is yawning."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
"What the film lacks is suspense, surprise (the new ending is a dud) and passion."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...simpers along with relatively little suspense or thrills..."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"A thriller without much genuine suspense isn't much of a thriller even if the atmospherics are dead-on."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Paltrow, too, is generally a good actress but there is a paint-by-numbers quality to her work here."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
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