• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Roger Kumble
    In Theaters:
    Mar 5, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 3, 1999
  • Columbia Pictures

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Cruel Intentions Reviews

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media

Dangerous Liaisons among rich NYC teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2011
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 8, 2008
B.J. Sigesmund
Newsweek
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You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!

Full Review Source: Newsweek

February 8, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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 Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B

August 1, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

Every bit of the original's nastiness is retained but none of its wit or elegance.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 9, 2007

Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2005
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle

July 21, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

First-time helmer/writer Roger Kumble starts off on the right foot, but stumbles along the way.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

[This] 'guilty pleasure' ends guilty of not living up to its potential.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

March 30, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Egads.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 1/5

February 8, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Cruel Intentions is vapid and mean -- in a good way.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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 Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Despite its highly descriptive dialogue, Cruel Intentions features no nudity ... I doubt teenage boys will be satisfied just to hear Buffy talk dirty.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

September 6, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 23, 2002
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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This is the filmic answer to a pack of Spice Girl cards.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2002
Edward Lawrenson
Sight and Sound

A clever reworking of a literary classic.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 5, 2002

Cruel Intentions takes the incredible brilliance of de Laclos's 1782 novel and makes it...a teeny bit dull.

Full Review | Original Score: 4

July 9, 2001
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