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Poison Ivy (1992)

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25

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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37

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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The always challenging transition from adorable child performer to sexy adult star was achieved flamboyantly by actress Drew Barrymore with this erotic drama that unfolds like a paranoia-drenched Lolita (1962). Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert) is a misanthropic student at a private high school for children of the privileged. While calling in a phony bomb threat to the TV station where her father, Darryl (Tom Skerritt) is a producer, Sylvia attracts the attention of Ivy (Drew Barrymore). Ivy is an

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Cult Movies

Nov 2, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Unfortunate thesps take it all very seriously, while technical aspects are emptily polished.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Drew Barrymore stars in a melodrama that borders on high-class kiddie porn.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Its willingness to take risks, and its insights into the frailties and confusions of teenage friendships, lift the film right out of the rut.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Why settle for the usual walk around the exploitation block when Shea offers a wild ride with the top down into uncharted territory?

May 12, 2001
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For the most part the actors' work seems incomplete because their characters are cut off before they can fully blossom.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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There is scarcely a moment in the movie when the story works as fiction; I was always aware of the casting, of the mood-setting devices, of the stylistic borrowings from Hitchcock.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Ambiguous and intriguing.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Offbeat and compelling neo-noir.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Poison Ivy strikes a pleasing balance between emotion and ambiguity.

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

Shea's arty-trashy exploitation film is an amalgam of Fatal Attraction, Stepfather, and Pasolini's Teorema, in all of which the order of a middle-class is disrupted by a depraved interloper, if only the script were better

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sinsiter and savvy psychodrama

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Sleazy teen thriller isn't as much fun as it should be

June 26, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

If Drew Barrymore hadn't been so good at being bad, then this truly would have been bad. But luckily, she was good--and so it's decent. You got all that?

September 24, 2002 | Comment (1)
Needcoffee.com

I'm still transfixed by little Gertie's devilish deeds!

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Grab the calamine lotion, quick.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

...so over the top it can hardly be taken seriously.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Aanybody hoping to be titillated by it will almost certainly be terribly disappointed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Poison Ivy

This is like a modern version of Lolita. Barrymore does a fantastic job of being the erotic femme fatale. I really loved this movie, it's thrilling and romantic at the same time. I highly recommend it.
April 30, 2011
ajv2688

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Poison Ivy is a good teenage drama movie, starring Sara Gilbert and Drew Barrymore, who both give great performances here. Barrymore plays Ivy a young and wild teen, who lives with her aunt. When she ends up moving in with her friend, Sylvie played by Gilbert, Ivy slowly and seductively works her way into the lives of her 'new' family. The movie has some weird moments, but most of the time it's good and keeps you interested in the plot and the characters.
July 21, 2009
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