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France · 2021
1h 45m
Director Arnaud Desplechin
Starring Denis Podalydès, Léa Seydoux, Emmanuelle Devos, Anouk Grinberg
Genre Drama, Romance

Arnaud Desplechin adapts Philip Roth's 1990 novel 'Deception.'

Stream Deception

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TheWrap by Ben Croll

Deception, as a novel and as a film, offers a curio for obsessives, a postcard for archivists, and a not-too-interesting bump in the road for everyone else.


The Playlist by Caroline Tsai

Desplechin and his film seem to have a perverse and single-minded fixation not on “dazzling, interesting” women, but lost, tragic ones—women who can gravitate toward and glom onto Philip (Denis Podalydès), an inexplicably francophone version of the author, who lavishes the attention.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Arnaud Desplechin’s Deception is a strange, stifling but frequently intriguing attempt to find a cinematic match for the literary voice of Philip Roth, from his autofictional 1990 novel of the same name.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Like a beltway surrounding its hero’s bloviating ego trips and massive libido, the film keeps turning in circles around a subject that’s only truly interesting if you’re Philip himself.


Screen Daily by Lisa Nesselson

This zig-zagging emotionally perceptive tale of an American writer abroad and the women he has bedded — or perhaps merely written about having bedded — is accomplished French filmmaking the way arthouse denizens like it.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

A film full of people smiling knowingly and laughing delightedly at each other’s not-especially-funny-or-interesting remarks, and it’s all the more insufferable for things the film gets fundamentally and structurally wrong.

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