Picks and Pans Review: Trick of the Eye

updated 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., Oct. 23, 4 p.m. ET)

B-

The Network That Lost Football, aka CBS, has been frittering away its Sunday afternoons with vapid TV movies mostly based on Harlequin romances. They call it counterprogramming. I call it dead air.

This mystery is a big improvement. Meg Tilly plays a bohemian artist who is commissioned by a rich widow (Ellen Burstyn) to paint murals in a ball room. Slowly, Tilly begins to suspect that the death of Burstyn's daughter years before was no accident.

Barnard Hughes and Paxton Whitehead costar in a thriller that is handsome and cogent, but light on chills. Still, it beats watching the Saints or Bucs.

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