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Fatal Attraction (1987)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 10

A potboiler in the finest sense, Fatal Attraction is a sultry, juicy thriller that's hard to look away from once it gets going.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

A potboiler in the finest sense, Fatal Attraction is a sultry, juicy thriller that's hard to look away from once it gets going.

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"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie. Dan (Michael Douglas) is a family man whose one-night affair with Alex (Glenn Close) turns into a nightmare when she insists on continuing the relationship, claiming to be carrying his baby. Alex systematically terrorizes Dan, even temporarily kidnapping his daughter, in her attempts to win back his affection. Douglas' besieged family man guiltily tries to

Apr 16, 2002

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (10) | DVD (24)

Under the direction of Adrian Lyne, most of the picture's situations seem like randomly chosen place holders, flat events that just fill time until the final bizarre confrontation.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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[The film brings] horror home to a place where the grownup moviegoer actually lives.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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The screws are tightened expertly in this suspenseful meller about a flipped-out femme who makes life hell for the married man who scorns her.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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While billed as a romance and a thriller, the film strictly qualifies as neither, appealing to our prurience, guilt, hatred, and dread.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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A predictable dog's dinner of Pavlovian thriller clichés, this will appeal strongly to those who think women should be kept on a short lead.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Years hence, it will be possible to pinpoint the exact moment that produced Fatal Attraction, Adrian Lyne's new romantic thriller, and the precise circumstances that made it a hit.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Solid direction, ,thrilling set pieces, and an iconic performance from Glenn Close. It's a sleazy movie, but an extremely watchable one. The entertainment value for this one is very high.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

A crowd-pleasing sensationalist jejune romantic thriller.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Adultery-obsession thriller isn't for kids (or bunnies).

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

a pure film for adults, and it manages to walk a tightrope between reprehensible behavior and business as usual

January 11, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

has the makings of a serious examination of adult relationships and interactions under duress, only to end as a seriocomic slasher film dictated by popular taste.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

An exceptionally well-written, well-acted and well-directed thriller that extends beyond the boundaries mainstream films typically set.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

...remains a reasonably efficient thriller, building tension slowly and releasing it, if too melodramatically, at least excitingly.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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April 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Big, fat, juicy suspense.

April 19, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

Close attention reveals plenty of flaws but for sheer heart-in-the-mouth excitement it remains a triumph.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This story of an extramarital fling that turns into a nightmare begins as a well-crafted psychological thriller but degenerates into a misogynistic thrill-fest in its closing moments.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An extremely well-directed and acted (particularly by Glenn Close as the career woman) thriller that also functions as cautionary tale about sex in the swinging 1970s and parable of AIDS in the 1980s.

June 26, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The movie's sexual politics are a little acrid, but its construction is so persuasive and the lead performances so inspired that the film is hard to resist.

July 29, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

This movie is pretty stupid, really. I only felt for the rabbit.

April 28, 2004
New Times

Relentless thriller that quickens one's pulse as it startles the mind.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Fatal Attraction

Looking at Fatal Attraction 25 years after its release it is clear to see the influence it has had. It had aged somewhat but not too badly in the scheme of things. It's a classic 80's thriller, it somehow gets away with so much thanks to the decade it was made in. It's now famous death and bunny scenes are still good today, it obviously had an impact as the term 'bunny boiler' is a common household phrase. It was also nice to see the results of doing something bad, Michael Douglas's character is the bad guy and I agree with the message 'It's wrong to cheat', however I don't agree so much with the message 'Kill the mentally ill' but this is the 80's for you, the bad guy has always got to die.
November 27, 2012
SirPant

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Fatal Attraction is a tense, taut and riveting drama thriller that has hints of the horror genre, but only suggests it. Instead, the film leaves you feel vulnerable at every turn, and make you think twice about having a one night stand if you're married. The acting is terrific, with a standout performance by Glen Close as the film's villain. The plot is well constructed, and steadily unfolds to keep you hooked from start to finish. Adrian Lyne's directing is great and he keeps you on the edge of your seat. Glen Close is just insane as Alex Forrest and she definitely makes the film what it is. I thoroughly enjoyed this picture and I thought it had memorable and tense moments. As far as thrillers are concerned, Fatal Attraction remains one of the best films in the genre. Everything about this flick is well done, the plot is intense, the acting is solid and the direction is precise. The film does possess a few limitations, but there's more solid material that weak material on-screen. This is a well executed film that delivers effective thrills throughout and with a phenomenal performance by Glenn Close; it is a film that is not easy to forget. If you're looking for an effective thriller, then give this film a shot. This was an exciting, pulse pounding film that is elevated by great performances, and although it has a simple concept, the acting makes it worthwhile. Fatal Attraction is a film that will make you think twice about committing adultery.
September 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The only thing that ruins this personally is that I just couldn't buy Glenn Close as some hot woman. (Not that Michael Douglas is a catch himself quite honestly, but he had an attractive wife at home, and I couldn't see how he would be tempted by her). I nearly choked at the suggestion that Glenn's character was 36. Hell that's rough looking for 36! Not being horrible, Glenn is a fantastic actress and she plays this role well, but physically all wrong for it. I would have bought someone like (80's) Ellen Barkin here.
Once I got over that stretch of the imagination, this was a good movie, great acting from all the cast. Very well done and thought provoking. I have to admit, I found myself pitying both the women more than him (bought it all on himself as far as I am concerned). Glenn's character had some valid points about not going away and being ignored. She did lose me at the bunny boiling, though, cruelty to animals, not on. It did seem to me that all the rage got put onto her and "Michael" pretty much got away with it. (Not saying she wasn't tapped, but she clearly needed help, not a married man messing with her head for his own selfish disposal). I can't imagine why his wife took him back. Yes, they went through some traumatic experiences towards the end - car accident, disappearance of daughter, the bathroom scene - but it seems conveniently forgotten that all these events were caused by his infidelity. How could you trust him ever again?!
Good movie, but have to question the mindset of all involved!
March 25, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

A classic thriller that set the standards on the stalker, obsessed ex, woman scorned after revenge genre. Quite raunchy for the time it was made. The tension really mounts as Glenn Close's character goes to increasing desperate measures to keep in touch with and get her man. One scene produced a term of phrase that is still used wildly even today for an obsessed ex.
July 18, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

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