TriStar Pictures | Release Date: March 20, 1992 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
41
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Mixed or average reviews based on 28 Critics
Positive:
8
Mixed:
11
Negative:
9
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75
A splendid murder mystery, but one with as much gore and steamy sex as I've seen in a long time. [20 Mar 1992, p.3F]
63
Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct is a slick, trashy, blatantly manipulative thriller that you won't stop watching once you start. [20 Mar 1992, p.25]
63
The film never makes total sense, but at its best (the first half-hour), it comes closer to solidly junky titillation than the hapless Final Analysis. [20 Mar 1992, Life, p.1D]