75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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70

Time

One can still appreciate the professionalism with which Levin crafted them and the larky spirits with which the performers force the suspension of incredulity.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
As a psychological thriller, it's not so much either thrilling or psychological as it is wonderfully absurd. [25 Mar 1982]
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Deathtrap falls short of the classic potential it would obviously like to have. Still, it's a jaunty entertainment, by and large.
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63

TV Guide

This is an extremely faithful film adaptation of Ira Levin's gimmicky stage play.
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50

Boston Globe

Deathtrap is slick enough that you can't disengage from it without missing something. [19 Mar 1982]
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40

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Sidney Lumet's wired-up, hysterical direction overwhelms the minor pleasures of Ira Levin's play.
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40

Variety

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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54 out of 100
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