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Deception Review Critics


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You know what's not sexy? Sexiness. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Everything is wrong pretty much from the start of this misbegotten adventure.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    To succeed, Deception requires viewers to be both inattentive and stupid. There's not a twist in this flimsy and moth-eaten plot that isn't both contrived and transparent and not a character who hasn't been hopelessly manipulated by the needs of the narrative.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Why Hugh Jackman was so excited by Mark Bomback's script to star and produce the film is as big a mystery as why such talents-on-a-roll as Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams joined the cast.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Deception is not the cool, noirish thriller it tries to be. Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    With her arresting, off-kilter look of bruised desire, Michelle Williams ends up being the most interesting aspect of this somber corn.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Implausible, mature thriller about a sex club.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie focuses on anonymous sexual gratification, money motivated blackmail, and murder. The male leads are involved in a sex club called the List, which pairs male and female executives for steamy encounters in high-class hotels. There is a date-rape scene and a shot showing a woman with her throat cut.

  • Families can talk about lust and greed. What drives Wyatt to befriend Jonathon? Why does Jonathon accept the phone calls on Wyatt's phone? When does the desire for money overtake compassion? Is this movie realistic? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Wyatt uses Jonathon to get what he wants. The people in the sex club use one another.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Violence against women, including a scene of date rape and a woman shown with her throat cut.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Sex is the point of half of the movie. A sex club allows people to have anonymous sex, and they do -- a lot. Wyatt tells "S" that she can't refuse him sex if he gives her money.

  • language false4

    Language: Numerous variations of the f-word, used lewdly and as an expletive.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Slick hotels, $4,000 suits -- money is more important than actual products.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wyatt and Jonathon smoke a joint in the first scene, making them fast friends. Alcohol use and sex go hand in hand.