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Fatal Instinct (1993)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

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Fatal Instinct is an Airplane-style spoof of the late-'80s, early-'90s cycle of erotic crime thrillers. Setting the plot in motion is a kinky murder. Armand Assante plays the cop assigned to the case; he's also the prosecuting attorney; the "Sharon Stone" part is essayed by Sean Young. A dash of Body Heat is thrown in the pot as Assante's wife Kate Nelligan plots her hubby's demise. Tony Randall has a bit as a judge, while the film's semi-mocking jazz score is provided by Clarence Clemmons --

PG-13,

Comedy

David O'Malley

Apr 1, 2003

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (17) | DVD (6)

The filmmakers have provided critics ample artillery by prominently featuring a skunk in this thuddingly flat spoof of erotic thrillers.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It's a real pity, because Reiner has certainly been funnier and more inventive on other outings and Sherilyn Fenn makes a winsome gal Friday.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A collection of gags that vary much too wildly in terms of timing and wit.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Small jokes are buried under elaborate setups. Sight gags are repeated to the point of exhaustion.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Maybe you'll be in the right mood and like this stuff. It looks good, and the actors are several notches above the usual parody cast in ability. And yet...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Lacking in both inspiration and ingenuity, it doesn't so much spoof the conventions of the genre as dumb down famous -- and in some cases, forgotten -- scenes from a slew of other movies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A continuously ineffective parody picture...

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Naturally the film pokes fun at the conventions of the film medium as well, but the routines are endlessly protracted.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Many jokes cracked me up.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...not as edgy as a spoof of hard-nosed crime dramas ought to be.

April 10, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Scattershot thriller spoof, but Assante's performance is really amusing. Carl Reiner's done (a lot) better.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Mostly lame and not particularly funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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There are some laughs in Fatal Instinct. But there are an awful lot of dead spots in between.

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

The result is pretty much what you expect: some really dumb stuff that will make you laugh and a lot that won't.

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

I almost feel guilty about some of the places I laughed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Fatal Instinct

Having seen 3 or 4 crime drama spoofs in the last coupla weeks let me tell you that it ain't as easy to do as it looks (and yet the pickings so very, very juicy) but Reiner fares well here with both his cast and the Naked Gun style of storytelling, a goulash of goofings garnered and got from 3 or 4 crime dramas like Body Heat and Fatal Attraction, and there are smiles to be had if not outright laffs. A sorely misjudged work.
May 31, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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This outrageous spoof movie is a little too much for it's own good most of the time, so it's not as funny as it could be. Overall, it's okay, though, it's entertaining enough for the most part.
May 18, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Sex, murder and revenge were never this funny. I must say not one of the best spoof but not bad. It has alot of LOL moments.
December 15, 2009
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

I didn't see the whole movie....but it was fun
April 7, 2009
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