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Body of Evidence (1993)



Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 10

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Madonna plays Rebecca Carlson, a sex bomb who parades naked in front of the open windows of her houseboat at all hours while the lobstermen catch crabs. This entry in the Basic Instinct sweepstakes poses the question: If love hurts, does sex kill? The judge and jury certainly want to find out when Rebecca's latest conquest, a multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack while making love to her. Eight million dollars was bequeathed to Rebecca in his will, and District Attorney Robert Garrett (Joe


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Brad Mirman

Dec 3, 2002


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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (32) | DVD (7)

While he may be marginally better at directing kinky sex scenes than Instinct's Paul Verhoeven, [Edel is] stuck with a fairly ho-hum script by Brad Mirman.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A courtroom drama built around the charge that Madonna's body is a deadly weapon with which she 'fornicated' a man to death, this showcase for the singer-thesp as femme fatale is more silly than erotic.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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[There's] no tension.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sluggish courtroom melodrama relieved only by unintenional laughter.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A bland, utterly silly, curiously provincial courtroom drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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What do you say about this kind of movie?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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There is little, if any, erotic chemistry between Dafoe and Madonna, and, as a result, their sex scenes look more like hard work than pleasure.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Another turkey from the queen of pop, and possibly the worst film on her CV of cinematic clunkers.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

An erotic thriller that's strangely unerotic and devoid of thrills, this is, however, mercifully short at 100 minutes.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

I'd rather eat my own liver than sit through this again

February 3, 2009

The sour taste that Body left for [director] Edel is evident in his next, very different big screen feature: the children's fantasy The Little Vampire.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Yet another failed effort at making Madonna a legit actress, in a preposterous thriller could be labeled Basic Stink.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Tries hard to be hot and steamy but ends up being lifeless and laughable.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

A pale husk of a film.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Mediocre erotic thriller trying to capture Basic Instinct success. Tries too hard, not really sexy, and certainly not mysterious.

July 14, 2003

Be thankful that its star, a singer, dancer, mother, and woman of the world, has plenty of day jobs to go back to.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Madonna provides the body. The script provides the evidence. Together they prove conclusively that bodies without stories make rotten movies.

December 1, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Madonna may have the body, but there's no evidence she can act with it.

August 9, 2002

The biggest disappointment lies in Uli Edel.

August 5, 2002 Full Review

One of the very worst Madonna efforts ... and there are so many to choose from!

July 26, 2002

The most enjoyably awful of Madonna's awful movies.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline

Director Uli Edel concentrates on the sleaze when he should be helping Madonna act.

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

Audience Reviews for Body of Evidence

A woman is accused of killing her lover. Whay does Madonna do these movies. She should stick to what she's good at - singing.
June 29, 2008
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

This erotic-thriller in the fumbling scenes of sado-masochism lead only to embarrassment. Willem Dafoe has never looked more uncomfortable, while Madonna as the body in question is no Sharon Stone.
December 5, 2006
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

The movie is pretty tacky, but you get to see Madonna naked in a bunch of sex scenes!
December 2, 2007

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