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Basic Instinct Reviews

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 25, 2013
[Stone] is the very best thing about this often disappointing, frantically sexy and, ultimately, unpalatable thriller.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 2, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
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
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A predictable, surprisingly uninvolving affair.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 25, 2013
[The film has] a smug faith in the ability of its own speed, smartness and luxe to wow the yokels.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 16, 2003
Paul Verhoeven made good movies...when he was in Holland.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
These actors seem driven less by real emotions than Eveready bunny batteries.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
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
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The story has to move along at a fair clip because otherwise we'd notice how nonsensical it all is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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