Wild Things Reviews

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Desson Thomson
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 11, 2008
The movie is as tawdry as someone else's lingerie, yet not without a certain prurient watchability.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
What I'm supposed to find 'satisfying' is predicated on the idea that almost everyone in the world is trash.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 11, 2008
They're not calling it Wild Things for nothing.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
February 11, 2008
Sly, torrid and original, pic is certain to shake up an otherwise complacent marketplace.
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Tom Nawrocki
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
[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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Call it gratuitous annoyance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
On its own terms, it works; that is, each ending is well thought-out and vaguely logical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Director John McNaughton has some sly fun with the noir genre in this sex-drenched tale of two young vixens (Neve Campbell and Denise Richards) who accuse their high school guidance counselor (Matt Dillon) of rape and begin unwinding plots within plots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michelle Goldberg
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Sure it's an exploitation movie, but this twisted Technicolor orgy is also a thriller in the original sense of that word.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's like a three-way collision between a softcore sex film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir. I liked it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The expression 'cheap thrills' fits this movie perfectly. That's the only reason to see it. But if you're in the mood, that can be a pretty good reason.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Wild Things gets into trouble when it aspires to be more than a sex exploitation movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
I've seen more convincing drama (with nearly as much bare flesh) on that pinnacle of narrative quality, Baywatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
It is my dreary duty to report that Wild Things ... lacks fantasy and flamboyance, that it lacks, precisely, wild things, and that most of it is just flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lucky John McNaughton. Best known for the harder-edged Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Mad Dog and Glory," he hits the 90210 jackpot with a slick, steamy tale of nonstop treachery...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
March 20, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: B