Cruel Intentions (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Cruel Intentions
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.
What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning.
You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!
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.
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.
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.
Captured our imaginations when we were teenagers.
Heartbreaking! Exceptional acting from all the cast. One of my all time favourite films!
Cruel Intentions Quotes
|Kathryn Merteuil:||My advice is to sleep with as many people as possible.|
|Cecile Caldwell:||But that would make me a slut, wouldn't it?|
|Kathryn Merteuil:||Cecile, everybody does it; it's just that nobody talks about it.|
|Cecile Caldwell:||So, it's like a secret society?|
|Kathryn Merteuil:||That's one way looking at it.|
|Kathryn Merteuil:||[under her breath] Fucking idiot...|
|Sebastian Valmont:||It's not like you have a husband - unless you're married to Jesus.|
|Kathryn Merteuil:||Unfortunately, our Don Juan is moving with the speed of a Special Olympics hurdler.|
|Kathryn Merteuil:||Who are you spying on? That her?|