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Wild Things (1998)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 7

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Think of it as endless endings. John McNaughton's playful erotic thriller about a larcenous school teacher, a pair of greedy coeds, and the cop on their trail has as many twists as there are characters, but it's all in good fun.


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Stephen Peters

Mar 6, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (21) | DVD (25)

The movie is as tawdry as someone else's lingerie, yet not without a certain prurient watchability.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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What I'm supposed to find 'satisfying' is predicated on the idea that almost everyone in the world is trash.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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They're not calling it Wild Things for nothing.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Sly, torrid and original, pic is certain to shake up an otherwise complacent marketplace.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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[It's got] Neve Campbell and Denise Richards making out, all the plot twists and double-crossing of a James Ellroy novel, Neve Campbell and Denise Richards having a catfight in a swimming pool and Bill Murray as a sleazy neck-brace-wearing lawyer.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
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This is one of those puzzle movies that's quite intriguing while it's feigning superficiality -- and truly funny when Bill Murray is around -- but really dumb once it thinks it's being smart.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Convoluted erotic thriller, not for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A sleazy, seamy, flashy, steamy, vulgar exploitation thriller that revels in every minute of its own trashiness and delivers some pretty solid -- if prurient -- entertainment.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I heartily recommend Wild Things for its fits of teasing and eroticism (rare in American cinema) and for Bill Murray who has a great role as Lombardo's attorney.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Wild Things plays like a long Twilight Zone episode with a thick Everglades breeze to it. READ ON (DVD)->

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

One of those films for which the phrase 'guilty pleasure' was invented.

May 12, 2004 Full Review

Aging sexpot Theresa Russell gets the most Skinemax-worthy moment in a picture that purports to humour jailbait fiends

March 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Good, trashy fun, with gratuitous sex and nudity, a ludicrous (in a so-bad-it's-funny way) performance by Denise Richards, and an implausible noir plot that keeps you in the dark until the final credits. The ultimate guilty pleasure.

August 11, 2003

One of those thankfully rare pictures that makes every man and woman it portrays seem hollow and insubstantial.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

What "Titanic" supplied for female teens, "Wild Things" will supply for their male counterparts.

January 4, 2003 Full Review
Critics Inc./America Online

...even though the action is spiced up with kinky sex, a quick flash of male frontal nudity and long, lingering shots of voluptuous girls in skimpy clothes, there's a peculiar lifelessness about the whole affair.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Personally, even though I think that the film's too twisted to be believable, I enjoyed it.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

This tale of revenge does manage to sidestep cliches and predictability found in this genre, but it goes too far out of the lines to be appreciated.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Wild Things is a cut above most of the other recent film noir knockoffs, mainly because director John McNaughton has an unmistakable talent for the tawdry.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

Making good sleaze is more difficult than you would expect.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Wild Things

An interesting movie. There is the odd twist in it.
September 16, 2013

Super Reviewer

Wild Things is of course a film that people have heard much about because of the kissing scene between Denise Richard and Neve Campbell. That was obviously one of the high points of the film, but what makes the film good is the elaborate plot twists that the film offers to the unsuspecting viewer. Wild Things is thrilling film with a surprising well executed story. The film has its flaws, but for the most part, it succeeds at being very entertaining. The cast are surprisingly good here, and Denise Richard actually delivers a pretty good performance. Wild Things is an intricate film that tends to deceive, and what you see is never what you actually think it is. The plot twists and turns and it keeps you guessing till the end, and that's what makes the film good. But the thing I didn't really like about the film, is that it felt almost teen oriented and if they would've focused more on a story that adults would enjoy thoroughly, it would've been much better. The downside was that the film felt slightly like a 90210 episode. Not much, but a bit, luckily there's enough good things going on on-screen that makes up for the bad points, and even with the slight teen feel, Wild Things works well enough to be an effective thriller. Obviously the biggest thing that's going for Wild Things is the make out scene with Neve Campbell and Denise Richard, but it's not that spectacular actually. For me though, Wild Things biggest strength is the unfolding plot twists, and without them, the film would suck. Pretty good film considering the somewhat lacking elements which I pointed out earlier in this review.
September 29, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Kelly Van Ryan: I miss Dad.
    2. Sandra Van Ryan: I miss him too... sometimes...
    3. Kelly Van Ryan: No you don't!
    4. Sandra Van Ryan: He didn't HAVE to kill himself, Kelly.
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    1. Ray Duquette: People aren't always what they appear to be. Don't forget that!
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    1. Ray Duquette: Did Sam sell you up front on the idea of whacking Suzie? [grabs Kelly] That's murder, kid.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Ken Bowden: [last lines] Suzie! Be good!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Sam Lombardo: Kelly Van Ryan is accusing me of rape.
    2. Ken Bowden: Kelly Van Ryan? As in Sandra Van Ryan?
    3. Sam Lombardo: As in, I'm fucked.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
    1. Kelly Van Ryan: [first lines] Fuck off!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (19 months ago)
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