Deathtrap

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  • Summary: Sidney Bruhl, a playwriter (Caine) receives a play from a student (Reeve). With the help of his wife (Cannon), Sidney plans to murder the young man and take credit for the script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 75
    Deathtrap is a wonderful windup fiction machine with a few modest ambitions: It wants to mislead us at every turn, confound all our expectations, and provide at least one moment when we levitate from our seats and come down screaming.
  2. 70
    One can still appreciate the professionalism with which Levin crafted them and the larky spirits with which the performers force the suspension of incredulity.
  3. This is an extremely faithful film adaptation of Ira Levin's gimmicky stage play.
  4. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    63
    As a psychological thriller, it's not so much either thrilling or psychological as it is wonderfully absurd. [25 Mar 1982]
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Bruce McCabe
    50
    Deathtrap is slick enough that you can't disengage from it without missing something. [19 Mar 1982]
  6. 40
    Despite its intermittently amusing dialog, however, Deathtrap comes across as a minor entertainment, cleverness of which cannot conceal its essential artificiality when blown up on the big screen.
  7. 40
    Sidney Lumet's wired-up, hysterical direction overwhelms the minor pleasures of Ira Levin's play.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. CRL
    Sep 2, 2011
    6
    Deathtrap does have one virtue to counterbalance its ridiculously convoluted plot... it's guaranteed that you won't figure out the endingDeathtrap does have one virtue to counterbalance its ridiculously convoluted plot... it's guaranteed that you won't figure out the ending until the final curtain drops. Expand

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