Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I think it works like a nasty little machine to keep us involved and disturbed; my attention never strayed, and one of the elements I liked was the way Paltrow's character isn't sentimentalized.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I've seen far worse thrillers than A Perfect Murder, but the movie is ultimately more competent than pleasurable.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
By the head-scratching dénouement, the "perfect" in the title seems particularly misplaced. How about Dial M for Muddle.
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TV Guide

If the roller-coaster plot twists lose you, there's always the satisfaction of Douglas's take on a script rife with amusing double entendres.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's nothing about this thriller to prevent it from soon becoming enmeshed in the memory with others in which Michael Douglas wears a starched collar and grits his teeth.
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Austin Chronicle

Tasteful, chilly, and polite, it is foul play at its traditional best: Anglo-Saxon, urban, and upper class.
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Film Threat

This film once again proves that Hollywood has apparently run out of original ideas and is forced to remake another classic film and, like most Hollywood remakes -- big surprise -- it SUCKS.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What the film lacks is suspense, surprise (the new ending is a dud) and passion.
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By James Berardinelli
A Perfect Murder has inexplicably managed to eliminate almost everything that was worthwhile about "Dial M for Murder," leaving behind the nearly-unwatchable wreckage of a would-be '90s thriller.
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San Francisco Examiner

I HATE to whine, but if Michael Douglas is half as tired of playing yuppie scum as I am of watching him do it, then he must be napping on a regular basis by now.
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50 out of 100
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