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Poison Ivy (1992)



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Movie Info

In this taut thriller, Ivy (Drew Barrymore) is a troubled teenage tramp who becomes friends with a wealthy but very lonely Sylvia Cooper (Sara Gilbert). Jealous of her new friend's idyllic life, Ivy begins a subtle campaign to steal Sylvia's family. When her machinations take a deadly turn, Sylvia is forced to take desperate measures to save herself and her parents.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Cult Movies
Directed By: ,
Written By: Andy Ruben , Katt Shea Ruben
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Poison Ivy

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Top Critic

Drew Barrymore stars in a melodrama that borders on high-class kiddie porn.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Its willingness to take risks, and its insights into the frailties and confusions of teenage friendships, lift the film right out of the rut.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Not really that great.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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