As ever, the paradox of Mr. Verhoeven's style is that it seems to wallow in tastelessness and transgression even as he remains one of the most classical movie craftsmen.
Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, 2016-02-26
A light but satisfying appetizer, one that will, for better and worse, leave viewers hungry for more.
Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com, 2016-02-26
Verhoeven must be commended for retaining a jaunty, light-hearted tone throughout.
Kaleem Aftab, indieWIRE, 2016-02-23
Bereft of subtext and shot in a largely handheld, TV-ready style, it lacks Verhoeven's usual deep bite, despite the cynical punch line of the ending.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, 2016-02-25
In the end, the fruit of all these labors seems hardly different from what could have been drafted by a few paid scribes, although Tricked does contain more plot twists than the usual hour-long narrative.
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, 2016-02-23
As with most soap operas, there's a new plot twist every two minutes, suitable for a medium-length format but nothing longer.
Jay Weissberg, Variety, 2016-02-23
As with an unseasoned sausage, the circumstances surrounding how Paul Verhoeven's new "movie" was made are, frankly, more intriguing than the final product.
Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 2016-02-23