Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. A lamentably slack and dishonest genre exercise.
  2. 38
    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.
  3. Deception is another example of when genre-fication (the forcing of otherwise intriguing stories into the straitjackets of horror, thriller or other genres) reduces our entertainment to head-shaking banality.
  4. 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."
  5. 30
    Jackman and McGregor throw their best American accents behind the effort, but Michelle Williams seems fairly bored as the sex-club partner who wins McGregor's heart. I'm with her.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Deception would be laughably bad if it weren't so rotely inert.
  7. 25
    Quickly devolves into a nonprescription alternative to Ambien.
  8. 25
    Bomback's script is the worst thing a thriller can be - a flip-flopper, using quick character changes for plot twists. And Langenegger's direction rarely sustains a mood or tone, only a sleek veneer of luxury and knowingness.
  9. 25
    The movie actually does feel like an Americanized work of Hong Kong moviemaking. But the desperate, derivative style, the nonsense plotting, and leggy, horny women are applied like too much MSG.
  10. Everything is wrong pretty much from the start of this misbegotten adventure.
  11. The real culprit is first-time director Marcel Langenegger, who seems to have studied for his debut by watching nothing but Cinemax. The score hints at ominous activities that never happen, a rain machine provides the only atmosphere and the actors have to suffer through the silliest sex scenes in recent memory.
  12. 20
    Whether you view it as intellectually dishonest or just plain sloppy, Deception is a movie that more than lives up to its title.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    Half of the movie was like a porn and the other half was predictable. A waste of good actors for a simple and boring plot. It didnt thrill meHalf of the movie was like a porn and the other half was predictable. A waste of good actors for a simple and boring plot. It didnt thrill me at all... Full Review »
  2. QuinH.
    May 15, 2010
    Highly underrated! If you like thrillers and dont mind nudity with women then watch it!!!!
  3. JayH
    Sep 18, 2008
    The plot is far fetched, the story is uninvolving and for a thriller, it has too many slow stretches. Well made technically, the stars are bland.