Owen Gleiberman
August 28, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Whispers in the Dark

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Alan Alda, Annabella Sciorra
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Erotic

We gave it a C-

Whispers in the Dark (R) Haven’t we had enough of Annabella Sciorra’s drab earnestness? In this preposterous thriller, she plays a lonely Manhattan psychiatrist who learns that her new beau (Jamey Sheridan) may also be the boyfriend of one of her patients (Deborah Unger), a hot blond who describes, in lascivious detail, their death-trip sex games. Watching Sciorra play a woman who seems to be putting herself in peril out of her own dim-witted neediness isn’t thrilling, it’s a pain. Yet Whispers in the Dark is so insistently trashy, its plot coincidences jammed together like pieces in a badly assembled Tinkertoy, that the movie sometimes has a camp appeal. C-

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