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Cruel Intentions Reviews

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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
Newsweek
February 8, 2008
You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!
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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.
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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.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Rarely has a film elicited more raucous unintended laughter.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Smart and merciless!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Neither the characters nor the events are exactly the same as those of the novel, but some of the same spirit comes across.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A 90210 rerun on Viagra!
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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
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Though writer-director Roger Kumble doesn't fully exploit this conceit, Cruel Intentions is still briskly enjoyable, what people might call a 'guilty pleasure' -- only it's the sort of film that would mock anyone who felt guilt in pleasure.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
As a serious study of vapid youth, Cruel Intentions vacillates between the cynically pretentious and the shallowly silly.
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January 1, 2000
The teen-age target audience will probably gobble Cruel Intentions right up, but for me this film boarders on creepy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Witty, raunchy!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Bad acting, implausible plot twists and sure-to-be-classic bad lines!
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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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Vile, vacuous!
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
The film is pitched too high and too rich to make a solid connection with most young viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Foxy, snotty, enjoyably trashy!
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Nasty, profane and wickedly entertaining!
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Cruel Intentions is the dirtiest-minded American movie in recent memory -- and an honestly corrupt entertaining picture is never anything to sneeze at.
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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.
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Eleonore Snow
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Overbaked, overproduced, and overliterary!