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Double Indemnity

Smitten insurance man Walter Neff plots the perfect murder with femme fatale client Phyllis Dietrichson: staging her husband's "accidental" death to collect double indemnity on his life insurance and absconding with the loot.
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Netflix Rating: 4.0
NYT Critics' Pick
Cain's adulterous insurance murderers. Brilliantly handled, the Wilder way. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 96%
Critics' score: 96   Audience score: 93   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Wilder trades Cain's sun-rot imagery for conventional film noir stylings, but the atmosphere of sexual entrapment survives. full review

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

MacMurray has seldom given a better performance. It is somewhat different from his usually light roles, but is always plausible and played with considerable restraint. full review

Variety Staff, Variety

The film is a brilliant collision of evil and the mundane, and one of the reasons viewers respond to it so well is that it makes the mundane seem a little sexier in the resulting debris.

Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter

Such folks as delight in murder stories for their academic elegance alone should find this one steadily diverting, despite its monotonous pace and length. full review

Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Few other directors have made so many films that were so taut, savvy, cynical and, in many different ways and tones, funny. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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