Tricked (Steekspel)
Tricked (Steekspel) (2016)

During his 50th birthday party thrown by his wife, Remco's life takes a turn for the worse. His business partners are scheming behind his back to sell him and his former mistress shows up pregnant.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 26, 2016
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2016
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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

As ever, the paradox of Mr. Verhoeven's style is that it seems to wallow in tastelessness and transgression even as he remains one of the most classical movie craftsmen.

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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter

In the end, the fruit of all these labors seems hardly different from what could have been drafted by a few paid scribes, although Tricked does contain more plot twists than the usual hour-long narrative.

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Steve Macfarlane
Brooklyn Magazine

It's the most anonymous-feeling thing Verhoeven has made, and easily the tawdriest.

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Simon Abrams

A light but satisfying appetizer, one that will, for better and worse, leave viewers hungry for more.

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Kaleem Aftab

Verhoeven must be commended for retaining a jaunty, light-hearted tone throughout.

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Armond White
National Review

In Tricked (Verhoeven calls it "My 14 1/2, like Fellini's 8 1/2"), the character-driven story still relies on a visual effect - the exposed behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Bereft of subtext and shot in a largely handheld, TV-ready style, it lacks Verhoeven's usual deep bite, despite the cynical punch line of the ending.

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Jay Weissberg

As with most soap operas, there's a new plot twist every two minutes, suitable for a medium-length format but nothing longer.

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Julia Bembenek
Under the Radar

The results of the experiment don't quite make all the tedium of construction worthwhile ... The pieces fit together, but the impact is fleeting at best.

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