Dangerous Liaisons among rich NYC teens.
| Original Score: 3/5
What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning.
You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!
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.
| Original Score: B
Every bit of the original's nastiness is retained but none of its wit or elegance.
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.
In the end, the whole shebang comes off like a bunch of snotty, rich white kids screwing each other and screwing each other over.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
First-time helmer/writer Roger Kumble starts off on the right foot, but stumbles along the way.
| Original Score: C+
[This] 'guilty pleasure' ends guilty of not living up to its potential.
| Original Score: 4/10
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 1/5
Cruel Intentions is vapid and mean -- in a good way.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Kumble doesn't dumb down the themes of the novel too much, he just gives them a refreshing, flashy feel Dawson's Creek-style.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.
| Original Score: 2/4
This is the filmic answer to a pack of Spice Girl cards.
A clever reworking of a literary classic.
Cruel Intentions takes the incredible brilliance of de Laclos's 1782 novel and makes it...a teeny bit dull.
| Original Score: 4