Cruel Intentions Reviews

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Dangerous Liaisons among rich NYC teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 8, 2008
What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning.
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B.J. Sigesmund
February 8, 2008
You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 1, 2007
The film's cheat ending aside, this arch, ridiculous movie heaves, sweats and steams, and for the most part, it delivers what its title promises.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 9, 2007
Every bit of the original's nastiness is retained but none of its wit or elegance.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
In the end, the whole shebang comes off like a bunch of snotty, rich white kids screwing each other and screwing each other over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
First-time helmer/writer Roger Kumble starts off on the right foot, but stumbles along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
March 30, 2005
[This] 'guilty pleasure' ends guilty of not living up to its potential.
| Original Score: 4/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 24, 2003
The movie's cinematography, set design, and costume design are all extremely elegant, and the beautiful young actors are shown off to maximum effect, like expensively bred horses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Cruel Intentions is vapid and mean -- in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Kumble doesn't dumb down the themes of the novel too much, he just gives them a refreshing, flashy feel Dawson's Creek-style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 6, 2002
Despite its highly descriptive dialogue, Cruel Intentions features no nudity ... I doubt teenage boys will be satisfied just to hear Buffy talk dirty.
| Original Score: 1/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
The movie never gets past a crucial structural flaw: Behavior that would have scandalized pre-Revolutionary France would scarcely raise an eyebrow among today's drug-dazed and sex-crazed Upper East Side crowd.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
This is the filmic answer to a pack of Spice Girl cards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Lawrenson
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
A clever reworking of a literary classic.
July 9, 2001
Cruel Intentions takes the incredible brilliance of de Laclos's 1782 novel and makes it...a teeny bit dull.
| Original Score: 4
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