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Basic Instinct Reviews

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March 25, 2013
[Stone] is the very best thing about this often disappointing, frantically sexy and, ultimately, unpalatable thriller.
March 2, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it's just a worthless scrap with the spaces filled in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2008
The film's problems begin with its story, which is constructed with relentless manipulation in mind. It never plays fair with the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 1992
Basic Instinct was a seminal 1990s film, but like a lot of things from the 1990s, it hasn't aged very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 25, 2013
A vicious, grindingly manipulative urban mystery that uses a thick atmosphere of S&M kinkiness to distract the audience from the story's thinness and inanity.
March 25, 2013
[Verhoeven] has always had a skill for storytelling, however questionable and tasteless the materials; but here he is hopelessly defeated by Ezsterhas' talky, slow-moving, and derivative script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
January 10, 2003
If it weren't so grotesque and repugnant, the consistent misogyny of Joe Eszterhas' movie scripts would almost be laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 1, 2000
A predictable, surprisingly uninvolving affair.
March 25, 2013
Call me a prude, but it's not sexy watching an erotic thriller in which every time a couple does it, one of them gets it with an ice pick. I don't care how many firmly toned tummies and tushes are bared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2013
[The film has] a smug faith in the ability of its own speed, smartness and luxe to wow the yokels.
February 3, 2017
Here is a film so utterly devoid of art and intellect that nothing remains other than a husk of ridiculous ploys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 16, 2003
Paul Verhoeven made good movies...when he was in Holland.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 25, 2013
Slick, clever and entertainingly overheated while you're watching it, Basic Instinct starts to evaporate the second you leave the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 25, 2013
There's nothing new about this ploy, or about much else in Basic Instinct, but it's disheartening to see that Hollywood is still afflicted by its age-old anxiety toward strong, confident women.
March 23, 2003
Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall and RoboCop) has made a film that is slick and looks really good on the surface, but is mean-spirited and lacks substance underneath. What it really lacks is a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
These actors seem driven less by real emotions than Eveready bunny batteries.
January 1, 2000
A sexy thriller that's got plenty of libido but not nearly as much brains as it thinks it has.
Read More | Original Score: 65/100
January 1, 2000
Slick and erotic, it's not, but cheesy and tawdry are well within its level of accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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