Cruel Intentions


Cruel Intentions (1999)


Critic Consensus: Even in a slick package and an attractive cast, the movie succumbs to bad acting and a bad script.


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Kathryn and Sabastian, two wealthy, manipulative teenage stepsiblings from Manhattan's uppercrust, conspire in Cruel Intentions, a wickedly entertaining tale of seduction and betrayal. The stakes are high when the duo agrees upon a deliciously diabolical wager of sexual conquest without consequences. The pawns? The naïve Cecile Caldwell and the virginal Annette Hargrove. It's summer break, and Kathryn has been dumped by her beau, Court Reynolds, for the innocent Cecile, Desperate to get even, Kathryn challenges Sebastian to ruin Cecile by deflowering her and turning her into a tramp-thus humiliating Court by delivering Cecile to him as damaged goods. Sebastian has pretty much 'had' all the girls in New York City up to this point, and he's gotten a bit bored of it all. Though this is too easy a conquest for him, he obliges. He sets his sights on a greater challenge-the new headmaster's daughter, Annette, who recently wrote an article in Seventeen Magazine about how she intends to stay pure until she marries her boyfriend. Sebastian bets Kathryn that he can seduce the chaste an pristine Annette before school begins in the fall. Kathryn thinks this feat impossible and quickly agrees to the wager. The stakes: if Sabastian succeeds, Kathryn must give him a night of unbridled biblical, something he's wanted since he's their parents got married. If he fails, he must forfeit his priceless 1956 Jaguar to Kathryn and suffer the shame of defeat.

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Ryan Phillippe
as Sebastian Valmont
Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Kathryn Merteuil
Reese Witherspoon
as Annette Hargrove
Selma Blair
as Cecile Caldwell
Louise Fletcher
as Helen Rosemond
Joshua Jackson
as Blaine Tuttle
Sean Patrick Thomas
as Ronald Clifford
Eric Mabius
as Greg McConnell
Tara Reid
as Marci Greenbaum
Swoosie Kurtz
as Dr. Greenbaum
Christine Baranski
as Bunny Caldwell
Hiep Thi Le
as Mai-Lee
Deborah Offner
as Mrs. Michalak
Herta Ware
as Mrs. Sugarman
Charlie O'Connell
as Court Reynolds
Fred Norris
as Meter Maid
Drew Snyder
as Headmaster Hargrove
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Critic Reviews for Cruel Intentions

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (26)

You've got to see it (no, no, that's a figure of speech) to believe the goofiness of French aristocrats recast as pansexual degenerates from a private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning.

Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…

You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!

Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Lascivious blackmailers and inveterate immoralists, these characters behave despicably, but the movie affects a tone of urbane detachment which puts sex in its proper perspective.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

You sometimes have to giggle at this movie the way you do when you catch 4-year-olds playing dress-up in front of Mom's closet.

Jul 21, 2005

It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.

Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions is a pretty interesting teen drama comedy. I wasn't sure about wanting to see it, however I finally did, and was surprised. The film has a good enough cast that keeps the material working, and the cast deliver some good performances. The film is both funny and demented and at times dramatic, and the film is fairly underrated. The film is of course not perfect, but for what it is, it manages to be a good, entertaining hour and a half. What made this film worth watching was Selma Blair as Cecile; she definitely gave the funniest performance of all. Sarah Michelle Gellar was great as Kathryn. She really gave a cruel, uncaring performance, and she definitely delivered in that respect. Cruel Intentions is a well made teen film that is much better than one might think. The film is funny, and has a good cast at hand. I enjoyed many of the cast here, and I thought they each brought something special to the screen. There are things that could've been done better, but for what it is, Cruel Intentions works well enough to keep you interested and entertained, sure the film at times is so-so, but there are plenty of good things going on-screen to enjoy. This is a different and refreshing type of teen comedy/drama film, and like I said, I didn't expect to like it. The cast make this film watchable, and add to that a pretty clever script, and you have a good little film. There are plenty of good, memorable moments on-screen, with plenty of funny bits. An underrated film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Captured our imaginations when we were teenagers.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Heartbreaking! Exceptional acting from all the cast. One of my all time favourite films!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

My friend recommend this movie to me at first and then I decided to check it out. It is not a new movie, but yet there is something very cool about it. Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar played the antagonists very well and Reese Witherspoon as Annette is successful in bringing the innocent-sense of the character. The soundtrack is the best and the ending is satisfying.

Nadira Irdiana
Nadira Irdiana

Super Reviewer

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