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This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions. Read critic reviews

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Annette (Reese Witherspoon) unwittingly becomes a pawn in Sebastian's (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) deliciously diabolical wager of sexual conquest when she writes an article in Seventeen Magazine about how she intends to stay pure until she marries her boyfriend. However, Sebastian gets more than he bargained for as he attempts to woo Annette into his bed.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Kathryn Merteuil
Ryan Phillippe
Sebastian Valmont
Reese Witherspoon
Annette Hargrove
Selma Blair
Cecile Caldwell
Louise Fletcher
Helen Rosemond
Joshua Jackson
Blaine Tuttle
Eric Mabius
Greg McConnell
Sean Patrick Thomas
Ronald Clifford
Swoosie Kurtz
Dr. Regina Greenbaum
Christine Baranski
Bunny Caldwell
Roger Kumble
Screenwriter
Michael Fottrell
Executive Producer
William Tyrer
Executive Producer
Theo van de Sande
Cinematographer
Jeff Freeman
Film Editor
Ed Shearmur
Original Music
Jon Gary Steele
Production Designer
David Lazan
Art Direction
Tessa Posnansky
Set Decoration
Denise Wingate
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  • Oct 24, 2013
    Based on the sensational novel, Cruel Intentions is a provocative sexual thriller. Two warring step siblings, Kathryn and Sebastian, make a bet as to whether Sebastian can seduce the daughter of their school's new headmaster. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon, the film has a solid cast and the performances are fairly good; especially Gellar and Phillippe, who have great interplay with each other. Additionally, the storytelling's well done and is laced with intrigue. However, the plot comes off as a bit contrived and is over sexualized. Yet despite a few weaknesses, Cruel Intentions is a compelling exotic thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    Pretty good. Darkly funny, but even at the end it's still a pretty enjoyable love story, even if you're not into romances...this isn't your typical romantic comedy, thankfully.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Captured our imaginations when we were teenagers.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer

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