• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Carl Reiner
    In Theaters:
    Oct 29, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 1, 2003
  • MGM Home Entertainment


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Fatal Instinct Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A continuously ineffective parody picture...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 3, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Naturally the film pokes fun at the conventions of the film medium as well, but the routines are endlessly protracted.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 30, 2008
Brian Lowry
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The filmmakers have provided critics ample artillery by prominently featuring a skunk in this thuddingly flat spoof of erotic thrillers.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 30, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 30, 2008
Michael Dequina

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Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 2, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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A collection of gags that vary much too wildly in terms of timing and wit.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Many jokes cracked me up.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

May 16, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

| Original Score: 6/10

April 10, 2003
Scott Weinberg

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

| Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Small jokes are buried under elaborate setups. Sight gags are repeated to the point of exhaustion.

May 12, 2001
Dragan Antulov

Mostly lame and not particularly funny.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 4/10

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There are some laughs in Fatal Instinct. But there are an awful lot of dead spots in between.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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If I see another send-up of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct, I think I'll walk out of the theater.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

December 1, 2008
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 3, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 1/5

October 11, 2002
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