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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

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

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 50
    Boston Globe

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

  • 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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 40
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    Sidney Lumet's wired-up, hysterical direction overwhelms the minor pleasures of Ira Levin's play. show more

  • 63
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

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

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