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action & adventure, thrillers

An accountant is introduced to a mysterious, sex-dating club known as "The List" by his lawyer friend. He becomes enthralled in this new lifestyle, but he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multimillion-dollar heist.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5

Implausible, mature thriller about a sex club.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie focuses on anonymous sexual gratification, money motivated blackmail, and murder. The male leads are involved in a sex club called the List, which pairs male and female executives for steamy encounters in high-class hotels. There is a date-rape scene and a shot showing a woman with her throat cut.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about lust and greed. What drives Wyatt to befriend Jonathon? Why does Jonathon accept the phone calls on Wyatt's phone? When does the desire for money overtake compassion? Is this movie realistic? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 28
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A slick, cat-and-mouse thriller that unfolds with sharply-diminishing plausibility.

- Allan Hunter, Screen International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: This film would make a perfect commercial thriller for James Spader and Rob Lowe were it still 1994.

- Brian Holcomb,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, April 25, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The set-up is a nice idea, with an interesting sex ring and anonymous calls. McGregor is our guide through this new and attractive land. As the film progresses it soon goes into predictable thriller territory. With a name like Deception, it just leaves you waiting for all this nonsense to kick off. The latter half of the film is just concerned with trying to trick its audience, but anyone well versed in film will notice the familiar scenes. Jackman can do bad and McGregor can do naive, but the "shocks" the film later adds fly in the face of all common sense. There's a moment where you hope it isn't going to go all thrillery and when it does it does it competently enough to keep your attention.

- kiriyamakazou, Thursday, July 8, 2010

2 stars

The twist at the end was good. But overall this movie is not worth watching. Skip it if you're searching for something more entertaining.

- 3niR, Tuesday, June 8, 2010

3 stars

Good thriller, but kind of loses it in the second half. Cast are all good, but the story is not convincing in places, and could kind of see some of it coming. It's a pity as the first hour or so with the whole secret hook up club idea was something a bit different and was not quite sure where the story was going to go to. I think this movie could have been something quite good, but they went for predictable.

- romy861, Wednesday, April 7, 2010