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Fatal Attraction Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Because the good things in the movie -- including the performances -- are so very good, it's a shame that the film's potential for greatness was so blatantly compromised.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A crowd-pleasing sensationalist jejune romantic thriller.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

July 22, 2011
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

March 12, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 1/5

July 29, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's nothing but a Friday the 13th flick for people who wouldn't be caught dead at one.

| Original Score: 1/5

December 29, 2002
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

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

| Original Score: 1/5

April 28, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

October 1, 2009
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

June 12, 2013

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Scott Weinberg

Crackling and intense ... even with the cop-out ending.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 27, 2002
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury

| Original Score: 3/5

August 1, 2002
Clint Morris

Unforgettable, Chilling, Thrilling and Damn sexy!

| Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2002
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 30, 2013
Cole Smithey

Big, fat, juicy suspense.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2008
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

August 31, 2010
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2008
Christopher Null

Irony like this doesn't make its way into many movies these days

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 6, 2002
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 10, 2003
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