Compromising Positions
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Director Frank Perry brings Susan Issacs' comedic whodunit novel to the screen with Susan Sarandon as a Long Island housewife who tries to escape her deadening suburban life by trying to solve the murder of a philandering local dentist. The dentist, Bruce Fleckstein (Joe Mantegna), is the kind of swinging ladies' man who wears gold chains and jazzy clothing. He also arranges to meet his lonely housewife patients in hotel rooms for afternoon quickies. When he is found murdered in his office, the suspects are as numerous as the names in the Nyack telephone directory, especially since… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A silly little whodunnit that's a mild embarrassment to all involved."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A very mixed bag, but those who've missed a storytelling sense in American movies might want to have a look."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"For the most part this is a sharp, funny black comedy crossed with a mildly suspenseful whodunnit, although its reliance on truly dislikeable characters with more money than sense lets it down somewhat."
‑ , Film4
"It's all very humorous and engaging, if only for proving that American whodunits don't have to have car chases and brutality; and it has a wicked eye for the vacuity of middle-class good life and what it may conceal."
‑ , Time Out
"A lightweight but most enjoyable comedy-mystery."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Instantly forgettable fluff."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The movie has such a bitter core, such a distaste for its characters, that I ended up feeling uncomfortable in its company."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Frank Perry's lackadaisical direction hobbles the forward movement of the story and keeps it from being a funny as it could be."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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