Cruel Intentions (1999)



Critic Consensus: Even in a slick package and an attractive cast, the movie succumbs to bad acting and a bad script.

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Kathryn and Sabastian, two wealthy, manipulative teenage stepsiblings from Manhattan's uppercrust, conspire in Cruel Intentions, a wickedly entertaining tale of seduction and betrayal. The stakes are high when the duo agrees upon a deliciously diabolical wager of sexual conquest without consequences. The pawns? The na´ve Cecile Caldwell and the virginal Annette Hargrove. It's summer break, and Kathryn has been dumped by her beau, Court Reynolds, for the innocent Cecile, Desperate to get even, … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Roger Kumble
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 1999
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Sebastian Valmont

as Kathryn Merteuil

as Annette Hargrove

as Cecile Caldwell

as Helen Rosemond

as Blaine Tuttle

as Ronald Clifford

as Greg McConnell

as Marci Greenbaum

as Dr. Greenbaum

as Bunny Caldwell

as Mai-Lee

as Mrs. Michalak

as Mrs. Sugarman

as Court Reynolds

as Meter Maid

as Headmaster Hargrove
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Critic Reviews for Cruel Intentions

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (25)

What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Top Critic

Lascivious blackmailers and inveterate immoralists, these characters behave despicably, but the movie affects a tone of urbane detachment which puts sex in its proper perspective.

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

You sometimes have to giggle at this movie the way you do when you catch 4-year-olds playing dress-up in front of Mom's closet.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This is the filmic answer to a pack of Spice Girl cards.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions is a pretty interesting teen drama comedy. I wasn't sure about wanting to see it, however I finally did, and was surprised. The film has a good enough cast that keeps the material working, and the cast deliver some good performances. The film is both funny and demented and at times dramatic, and the film is fairly underrated. The film is of course not perfect, but for what it is, it manages to be a good, entertaining hour and a half. What made this film worth watching was Selma Blair as Cecile; she definitely gave the funniest performance of all. Sarah Michelle Gellar was great as Kathryn. She really gave a cruel, uncaring performance, and she definitely delivered in that respect. Cruel Intentions is a well made teen film that is much better than one might think. The film is funny, and has a good cast at hand. I enjoyed many of the cast here, and I thought they each brought something special to the screen. There are things that could've been done better, but for what it is, Cruel Intentions works well enough to keep you interested and entertained, sure the film at times is so-so, but there are plenty of good things going on-screen to enjoy. This is a different and refreshing type of teen comedy/drama film, and like I said, I didn't expect to like it. The cast make this film watchable, and add to that a pretty clever script, and you have a good little film. There are plenty of good, memorable moments on-screen, with plenty of funny bits. An underrated film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Captured our imaginations when we were teenagers.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Heartbreaking! Exceptional acting from all the cast. One of my all time favourite films!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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