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Fatal Instinct Reviews

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Entertainment Weekly
December 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 16, 2003
Many jokes cracked me up.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Scattershot thriller spoof, but Assante's performance is really amusing. Carl Reiner's done (a lot) better.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
I almost feel guilty about some of the places I laughed.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2014
A continuously ineffective parody picture...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide
September 30, 2008
Naturally the film pokes fun at the conventions of the film medium as well, but the routines are endlessly protracted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Brian Lowry
September 30, 2008
The filmmakers have provided critics ample artillery by prominently featuring a skunk in this thuddingly flat spoof of erotic thrillers.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 30, 2008
It's a real pity, because Reiner has certainly been funnier and more inventive on other outings and Sherilyn Fenn makes a winsome gal Friday.
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2004
Click to read review
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A collection of gags that vary much too wildly in terms of timing and wit.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 10, 2003
...not as edgy as a spoof of hard-nosed crime dramas ought to be.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Small jokes are buried under elaborate setups. Sight gags are repeated to the point of exhaustion.
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
Mostly lame and not particularly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
If I see another send-up of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct, I think I'll walk out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Maybe you'll be in the right mood and like this stuff. It looks good, and the actors are several notches above the usual parody cast in ability. And yet...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lacking in both inspiration and ingenuity, it doesn't so much spoof the conventions of the genre as dumb down famous -- and in some cases, forgotten -- scenes from a slew of other movies.
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The result is pretty much what you expect: some really dumb stuff that will make you laugh and a lot that won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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