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Basic Instinct 2 (2006)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 140

Unable to match the suspense and titilation of its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 boasts a plot so ludicrous and predictable it borders on "so-bad-it's-good."


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 38

Unable to match the suspense and titilation of its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 boasts a plot so ludicrous and predictable it borders on "so-bad-it's-good."



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When the mysterious death of a major athlete prompts Scotland Yard detective Roy Washburn (David Thewlis) to order the investigation of best-selling crime novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), criminal psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey) is slowly drawn into Tramell's seductive world of lies and sexual intrigue in director Michael Caton-Jones belated sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1992 erotic thriller. Upon relocating from San Francisco to London, alluring crime novelist Tramell


Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Henry Bean

Jul 11, 2006


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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (140) | DVD (21)

As a stand-alone film, this doesn't work; but viewed through the prism of the original, it offers some twisted, self-conscious pleasures.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Stupefyingly lackluster.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Like many sequels this is actually a remake, and it suffers from the law of diminishing returns.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The plot, already mired in nonsensical backstory, collapses with the late-inning introduction of a tired metafictional device (not to mention a wildly lunging Usual Suspects twist).

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Basic Instinct 2 has a stylish look and a few sexy moments, but the plot goes from confusing to implausible to absolutely ludicrous in the final sequence.

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Even the ice pick looks like it really doesn't want to be there.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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We actually don't see very much killing at all--except, maybe, that of the careers of Morrissey and Stone.

January 26, 2014 Full Review Source:

Silly, shock-pandering lines like that nearly sink the film to Showgirls level.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

In spite of Sharon Stone's hearty encore performance as the ultimate femme fatale, "Basic Instinct 2" falls unbearably flat.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

jedan od rijetkih primjera kada je publika pokazala kako, za razliku od Hollywooda, ipak ima pojma o nekim stvarima

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

Sadly, nothing following lives up to the prurient promise of this sequence, as the film becomes a monotonously talky, gloomy affair.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Poor Sharon Stone. She's still big; it's the erotic thrillers that got small.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

...a script that is so full of cliche's that I actually knew the end of the film 10 minutes before it ended.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This is psychoanalytic fable rewritten as pulp fiction. Perhaps that's why it's so ludicrously entertaining.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

I won't say I didn't enjoy it; this is the kind of film that begs to be talked back to, that satisfies our highly developed taste for schadenfreude.

May 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Michael Caton-Jones directs with bland disinterest, but Stone hams it up with the campy relish of a drag queen doing Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

With her raunchy innuendo and near-parodic sexuality, Stone seems to be coming on as the Mae West of film noir.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Morrissey's performance is much better than the film really deserves - he pulls off a complex blend of pride and barely suppressed rage whilst still remaining sympathetic.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

You've been here before when it was fresher.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's left to David Thewlis as a know-it-all cynical cop to walk away with the whole film. He brings a mischievousness and wit to a movie sorely lacking in both and offers a fine example of what this sequel should have been.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

We're not in the 90s anymore.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Everything about this movie is bad.

May 6, 2006

A veritable cold shower of a sequel to 1992's softcore spectacular.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

[A] garish, deliciously awful sequel.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Basic Instinct 2

You've got to feel sorry for Michael Caton-Jones, this film nearly destroyed him. It is a shameless cash in but a really lazy one at that. They couldn't even think of a new catchy title. Sharon Stone is cringe-worthy as she reprises her role, you can just tell she was like that in real life too (Michael Caton-Jones has pretty much said so in interviews). It's all a bit rubbish unfortunately, I should have guessed when the first scene had Stan Collymore of all people playing with Ms Stones lady bits in a Ferrari. Grim thought eh. 2006 was a bad year for David Thewlis too, what with this and the remake of The Omen being the only films he made (not that he's bad in either film). The big problem, apart from pretty much everything, is that it is a British film trying to be big and American, it just doesn't work. Utter nonsense, even young boy who will watch it for only one reason will be disappointed.
March 19, 2013

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This film slightly surprised me, I'd held out very little hope for the sequel, having heard nothing good or bad about it and so I'd assume it to be a complete flop. Now I'm not saying it's to the contrary, but I did feel it had it's moments.

I had enjoyed the original when it was released, even if more recent watches of it made it seem a little corny and cliche.

In the sequel we move on to England and whilst the plot is similar to the first, we do have some of Britain's favourite Drama Actors included, in fact had this not been Basic Instinct 2 and it was not starring Sharon Stone, it could have been an ok tv Drama. Stone, however was over the top and was surely the corniest thing about the movie.

Sort of hit and miss, easy watching, but forgettable.
December 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

you would think with a poster like that, Sharon Stone would show her snatch again but instead you get old 45-year old boobs in a hot tub. not that i wanted to see her snootch anyway. i mean, i haven't seen the first one, and if i did i wouldn't care for it anyway cause chicks over 30 are just putrid, soggy, pieces of petrified pilgrim wood to me. you also get to see stone sit in a chair with it turned the opposite way all sexily and shit. and see the wide spectrum of emotions drawn on the canvas of her poor, saturated face. the one she likes to use alot is desperation disguised as seduction, but if you have seen Basic Instinct 2, and you saw it because you sought out to see it because you liked the first one then you don't care about her ball-fattening performance. what you care about is her Amityville clock, vampire-bat winged, baseball gloved snizzy. and you won't get that.

P.S.... 911th review, motherfuckers! im doing it for the victims of that cold september day. im doing it for freedom. if you're reading this review, you're helping support the troops.
September 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

I saw this sequel before seeing the original Basic Instinct and actually enjoyed it despite all the negativity the film received. After seeing the first one, I understand now why the film has received so much flack. This sequel is almost a copy of the first film, but with less trills, as we know how it will turn out. However Basic Instinct 2 is an entertaining film, not perfect, but awful either, I've worst films than this, and this film is far from the worst that I've seen. Sharon Stone reprises her role from the first film, and again she is the subject of a murder investigation. Basic Instinct 2 is basically the same film, but it slightly modified to make it "different". The film good for what it is, but it's not excellent, and is worth at least a rental. This is just an entertaining two hour film that presents a different angle on the material presented in the first film. The acting in the film is average at best, nothing special and if you've seen this film, then you've seen this film. The film manages to be to entertaining, but it navigates familiar waters and in the end, you know whats going to happen. As far as sequels are concerned, Basic Instinct 2 is not as bad as the mainstream critics have claimed it to be, I enjoyed it, but I also think it could've been better too.
June 15, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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