After a charismatic lawyer (Hugh Jackman) introduces him to an underground sex club, an accountant (Ewan McGregor) becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance.
" Everything is wrong pretty much from the start of this misbegotten adventure in Adrian Lyne territory, including but not limited to the strained mind games that drive the plot, and the tentative New York accents on the actors from Australia and Scotland. "
" Is there anything more boring than watching $20 million being electronically trans ferred to an offshore bank account? Maybe it's someone repeatedly barking 'You have no idea what I'm capable of!' into a cellphone. "
" It's as if they took a Hitchcock movie and dropped the style and IQ level about 85 percent. "
" The inevitable absurdities and coincidences of the plot are easy enough to accept along the way, except perhaps for the sex club, which is just a little too absurd to function as a plot device. "
" 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. "
" There's only one good con game going on here. And it's the studio's sneaky plot to nimbly pick $11 from your pocket. "
" What can compare with the white-knuckle suspense of uploading a file? "
" The plot comes together in Madrid in a whirl of multimillion-dollar swindles and gunplay, and for all its contrived surprises, it has the feel of a well-designed mousetrap snapping shut. "
" A would-be erotic thriller with no heat and zero chills, Deception has the kind of glassy, glossy sheen and risible story that mean to suggest Basic Instinct but instead invoke lesser laughers like Jade and Sliver. "
" An overwrought and ultimately silly thriller. "
" Calling your terrible crime thriller Deception is like naming your bad cooking movie Food -- an advertisement for laziness. "
" Deception is one of those films that leave you feeling vaguely dirty and wholly unsatisfied, a distasteful and wholly unbelievable mix of soft porn and obvious duplicity that holds not one ounce of emotional truth. "
" Deception recalls the fantasies of Showtime's soft-core series Red Shoe Diaries. It's often tastefully laughable. "
" Deception will deceive very few viewers as an all-too-obvious setup leads to a foregone conclusion featuring forgettable characters. "
" Deception would be laughably bad if it weren't so rotely inert. "
" Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn. "
" Every actor has a few titles on his resume that he'd love to forget. So should you ever have the opportunity to meet Deception stars Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, we highly recommend you pretend this movie was never made. "
" When you advertise an erotic thriller and then give us a comedy, that's deception in any language. "
" Everyone, including Madrid, looks terrific, but Deception delivers on no other level, except perhaps as a guide to various New York hotel rooms. "
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