Compromising Positions
Compromising Positions (1985)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1985
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Variety Staff

A silly little whodunnit that's a mild embarrassment to all involved.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A very mixed bag, but those who've missed a storytelling sense in American movies might want to have a look.

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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.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

A lightweight but most enjoyable comedy-mystery.

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Scott Weinberg

Instantly forgettable fluff.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has such a bitter core, such a distaste for its characters, that I ended up feeling uncomfortable in its company.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Frank Perry's lackadaisical direction hobbles the forward movement of the story and keeps it from being a funny as it could be.

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