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  • Summary: A slick psychological thriller, Basic Instinct 2 explores what happens when the darker side of human nature is uncovered. Has the intelligent, seductive and manipulative Catherine Tramell (Stone) finally met her match? (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 22 out of 33
  1. Basic Instinct 2 isn't bad, exactly, but it lacks the entertaining vulgarity of the first film; it's Basic Instinct redone with more ''class'' and less thrust.
  2. Like many sequels this is actually a remake, and it suffers from the law of diminishing returns.
  3. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    40
    Fails as a sequel because we’re not in the 90s anymore. Gone are the days when characters could answer questions with questions and hypothetical situations and still sound clever and cool.
  4. 30
    Not content simply to examine the relationship between sex and death, BI2 ponderously blurs the boundaries between art and life, and 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).
  5. 25
    Few expected Basic Instinct 2 to be very good, but no one expected it to be this boring.
  6. 25
    This film is unable to involve, entertain, or titillate. Basically, it stinks.
  7. 0
    Stone still dazzles the eye, but this wholly unwarranted sequel is so outrageously preposterous (and so very chockablock with quotable examples of the fine art of bad dialogue) that the end result achieves a basement grandeur of near-epic proportions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22

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