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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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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. Deathtrap falls short of the classic potential it would obviously like to have. Still, it's a jaunty entertainment, by and large.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    This is an extremely faithful film adaptation of Ira Levin's gimmicky stage play.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce McCabe
    Deathtrap is slick enough that you can't disengage from it without missing something. [19 Mar 1982]
  6. 40
    Sidney Lumet's wired-up, hysterical direction overwhelms the minor pleasures of Ira Levin's play.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.

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  1. CRL
    Sep 2, 2011
    Deathtrap 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. Collapse