Murder by Death
Murder by Death (1976)

Neil Simon's comic tribute to detective films begins when a reclusive millionaire invites a number of famed detectives, each a parody of a famous literary sleuth, to dinner. Naturally, a series of murders soon begins, and the humorous… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Variety Staff

Murder by Death is a very good silly-funny Neil Simon satirical comedy, with a super all-star cast cavorting as recognizable pulp fiction detectives gathered at the home of Truman Capote, wealthy hedonist fed up with contrived gumshoe plots.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

As light and insubstantial as one could wish.

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Mark Bourne

So it all doesn't amount to much, and -- some knuckle-dragging 'he's gay'/'no I'm not' humor aside -- it's more Scooby Doo than Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Still, it's an amusing tea-cozy of a spoof with an enjoyable cast.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Stunningly unfunny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If it was funny, I missed it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Generally successful send-up of classic mysteries with a lame finale.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Director Moore and writer Neil Simon seem to have no real affection for either the characters they plunder mercilessly for laughs, or the locked room puzzle they turn on its head. Introductions over, the film slides downhill.

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TV Guide

This spoof of the great fictional-film detectives offers consistently funny scenes.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A sometime funny satire on the old murder-mystery detective series of the 1930s and '40s. Some jokes hit, while others just bomb.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
If you know the historical touchstones from early 20th century crime fiction, this is a fantasticly funny film. Any how can you not LOVE Truman Capote?! Q:… More
Phil Hubbs
Some legendary names in this line up such as Sellers, Guinness, Falk, Lanchester, Niven and Maggie Smith but that can't quite stop it from being rather… More
Ken Stachnik
Really really enjoyable. Perfect Sunday afternoon faire. And Maggie Smith is smokin hot. Oh Minerva McGonagall!
Tim Salmons
Being a big fan of Clue, I was sure to get a kick out of this one. This has one sensational cast of characters - surprisingly and unbelievably even all the way… More
Melvin White
Sidney Wang: No pulse, no heartbeat. If condition does not change, this man is dead.  "You are cordially invited to dinner... and a murder!" I… More
Lucas Martins
Funny. Another good work of Simon, and a great cast.

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