Cruel Intentions Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The likes of Glenn Close and John Malkovich have given way to unconvincing actors who can't grasp the concept that roles of this complexity require more than good looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It's a lame, trashy teenage soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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+
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
You have the queasy sense that the whole thing is just an elaborate stunt, and in this case an exploitative one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A slick, guileless excuse to get teenagers in movies to behave with the sociosexual decadence network television forbids.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
You may come to realize that if a bomb suddenly blew up everyone on screen, you wouldn't particularly miss anyone.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Vile, vacuous!
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Rarely has a film elicited more raucous unintended laughter.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The initial feel of Cruel Intentions is so audacious that the comedown is truly a letdown.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
The teen-age target audience will probably gobble Cruel Intentions right up, but for me this film boarders on creepy.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
March 30, 2005
[This] 'guilty pleasure' ends guilty of not living up to its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Campy and trashy!
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Egads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Kumble's attempt to mine anguish of tragic proportions becomes no more than a display of sappy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Relief finally comes in the form of ending credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
A stupid and pandering film!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
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Newcity
January 1, 2000

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March 24, 2002

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