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Basic Instinct 2 Reviews

June 24, 2006
As a stand-alone film, this doesn't work; but viewed through the prism of the original, it offers some twisted, self-conscious pleasures.
April 21, 2006
Stupefyingly lackluster.
April 21, 2006
Like many sequels this is actually a remake, and it suffers from the law of diminishing returns.
April 4, 2006
The plot, already mired in nonsensical backstory, collapses with the late-inning introduction of a tired metafictional device (not to mention a wildly lunging Usual Suspects twist).
April 3, 2006
Basic Instinct 2 has a stylish look and a few sexy moments, but the plot goes from confusing to implausible to absolutely ludicrous in the final sequence.
March 31, 2006
Even the ice pick looks like it really doesn't want to be there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
The 1992 phenomenon was creepy, tense and sexually charged in a bold yet tawdry way. This sequel lacks even a shred of those elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
If you're trying to reinvigorate the art of the stylish thriller, the movie you come up with needs to be stylish and it needs to be thrilling. Basic Instinct 2, written by Leora Barish and Henry Bean and directed by Michael Caton-Jones, is neither.
March 31, 2006
Despite all the heavy breathing and mood lighting, Basic Instinct 2 is so dull that you might find yourself easily distracted by side issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
What Basic Instinct 2 is missing, besides any of the trashy good fun of the original, is a subtitle. Here's a suggestion: A Girl's Guide to Dressing for Her Shrink.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
This film is unable to involve, entertain, or titillate. Basically, it stinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
Stone's purring, snarling, bedroom kink is embarrassing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 31, 2006
But the movie is a baroque little mystery of so little mystery or consequence that you're literally sitting there waiting for the next full body cavity search.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 31, 2006
At this point, there are inflatable toys that are livelier than Stone, but how can you tell the difference? Basic Instinct 2 is not an erotic thriller. It's taxidermy.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
March 31, 2006
As with the first film, BI2 abounds with red herrings and misdirection, and comes up with an equally ambiguous Did she or didn't she? ending. But there are problems here beyond its staleness.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2006
Few expected Basic Instinct 2 to be very good, but no one expected it to be this boring.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
Using the same basic plot as 1992's original, BI2 feels less like a sequel than a remake whose shelf life has expired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
March 31, 2006
The only real intrigue comes in the film's risky flirtation with high camp.
March 31, 2006
The original movie lacked sense, but it did possess that sizzle. This one has neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2006
In the end, this is a movie that makes the original Basic Instinct look good. And in a way, that's quite a feat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 31, 2006
The only real suspense in Basic Instinct 2 is whether Stone will or won't reprise the scene that she once absurdly claimed she was tricked into doing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 31, 2006
Most sequels are unnecessary, and this one does nothing to break the pattern.
Read More | Original Score: D+
March 31, 2006
Basic Instinct 2 seems aimed at two audiences: men in raincoats in dark theaters and graduate students in film studies.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 31, 2006
But most of the conversation in the lobby will revolve around who designed SS's clothes and jewelry. That's the way Ms. Stone wants it, and that's the way it is.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 31, 2006
Absurdly overheated and unforgivably dull, Basic Instinct 2 is the accidental comedy sensation of the year to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 30, 2006
Here is a movie so outrageous and preposterous it is either (a) suicidal or (b) throbbing with a horrible fascination. I lean toward (b).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 30, 2006
It's been 14 years since the original Basic Instinct, and time -- and the miracles of beauty technology -- have been kind to Stone. Not much else about this movie holds up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 30, 2006
The long-gestating follow-up to Paul Verhoeven's 1992 blip on the zeitgeist screen is a disaster of the highest or perhaps lowest order.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 30, 2006
Dead serious and stone idiotic, the only basic instinct in evidence here is desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 30, 2006
Trust your basic instinct and avoid the worst sequel since Staying Alive.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 30, 2006
Where is the suspense part? There is no suspense part. Suspense demands clarity of motive and action, and this screenplay never provides it.
March 30, 2006
Stone's performance is so deliriously over the top that it turns almost every line she speaks into high camp.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 30, 2006
The laughs to be had in this deliciously awful sequel are all unintentional. A bummer for film buffs, but a ball for fans of the misbegotten.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
March 30, 2006
Basic Instinct 2, for all its implausible plot devices, poverty of motivation, occasionally lethargic pace and fragrant dialogue, is a subversive piece of cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 30, 2006
Basic Instinct 2 is as dull as a blunt ice pick, watering down the original film's knockout cocktail of kinky sex and bloody murder into a timid, tepid thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 30, 2006
In Basic Instinct 2 the manufactured thrill is gone.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 30, 2006
When Catherine finally picks up her beloved ice pick, it's more like she's showing you a photo of an old friend than an old potential murder weapon.
Read More | Original Score: C-
March 30, 2006
Stone delivers her lines with slinky grace, but there's no helping out a plot with as many doggedly transparent twists as this one.
March 30, 2006
As a showcase for Sharon Stone's physique, Basic Instinct 2 is a rousing success. In every other respect, it's a colossal failure.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 29, 2006
Those hoping for either a sizzling -- or an unintentionally hilarious -- good time will be disappointed by this inexplicably dull sequel.
March 29, 2006
Basic Instinct 2 isn't bad, exactly, but it lacks the entertaining vulgarity of the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-