TriStar Pictures | Release Date: March 20, 1992
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TheThesaurusApr 2, 2014
not to good for the kids the guy at blockbuster down on 3rd said that it was a good movie and i watched it with my grandson.
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BShea423Mar 20, 2011
I felt like I was watching a porno, with the same production value and cheap plot. The sex scenes were entirely over the top, and the movie was extremely predictable. Pretty much a waste of 2 hours.
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SimpoB.Aug 1, 2006
Brilliantly crafted movie with beautiful cinematography and acting (except for Stone). This is a modern classic which deserves better credit than its reputation.
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ChristianTOct 22, 2006
A masterpiece of trash cinema. Over the top in every aspect, overacted, overheated, with gross characters with no redeeming qualities; but still, it's great fun, AND the most important thing, it doesn't take itself seriously.
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HucksterJan 27, 2013
Basic Instinct broke new ground like no other thriller - it combined erotic, full-on action with great performances, sexy characters and a breath-taking soundtrack. Verhoeven ramped up his in-your-face style with original cinematographyBasic Instinct broke new ground like no other thriller - it combined erotic, full-on action with great performances, sexy characters and a breath-taking soundtrack. Verhoeven ramped up his in-your-face style with original cinematography using new and different camera angles which were confronting but always highly seductive. Sharon Stone delivers an empowered performance unlike any female character seen before. She is hot, sexy, beguiling and enticing, with occasional unexpected vulnerability. The film is visually attractive and, while slightly predictable, takes you on a fantastic ride right till the last minute. Far and away the most powerful character is Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant, exceptional, original soundtrack - always reminding you of the risks and pleasures inherent in the storyline. His music is complex, fresh and daring from the opening scene to the credits. Expand
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oliver1hJan 28, 2013
Here we have a typical erotic-thriller which works (Besides the plot holes, and the unbelievable actions some characters make), because Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas were looking good, and had some screen-chemistry. The script (whileHere we have a typical erotic-thriller which works (Besides the plot holes, and the unbelievable actions some characters make), because Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas were looking good, and had some screen-chemistry. The script (while nothing special) creates enough tension to keep you watch the whole movie, but the ending is confusing and disappointing. Expand
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TheguyoffireNov 6, 2012
Basic instinct is just like watching porn. The characters are so stupid and the plot itself is horrible. It felt as if they just wanted to put nudity and sex in it so that they could make us watch people have sex. Well if you are into goodBasic instinct is just like watching porn. The characters are so stupid and the plot itself is horrible. It felt as if they just wanted to put nudity and sex in it so that they could make us watch people have sex. Well if you are into good movies. Don't see this one. Even Bad boys 2 is better. However if you are into boring, uninspired acting, mediocrity, and just down right bad. I recommend this to you. Expand
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BradySmithAug 29, 2014
This movie is extremely dirty in some scenes. Dirty enough in fact that the actors should be ashamed of being in them. The rest of the movie however has been underrated. It's not perfect. There's some tedium after a while ,and the sexThis movie is extremely dirty in some scenes. Dirty enough in fact that the actors should be ashamed of being in them. The rest of the movie however has been underrated. It's not perfect. There's some tedium after a while ,and the sex scenes are nearly pornographic, but it's a well shot, well acted, and occasionally atmospheric cop thriller. Stone's Catherine Tramell is one of the most memorable and alluring femme fatales in cinematic history. She's the centerpiece of the movie and she supports it ably. It has a very good musical score, (Oscar nominated by the way), and overall it's somewhat memorable, but not good enough to be great. However, by today's R standards it's definitely not the completely pornographic sex fest critics made it out to be. Yes parts are pretty dirty, but it's mostly a crime mystery with a whole lot of plot, even if it could have been better. Expand
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PaulMay 16, 2006
It's really attacting and thrilling! but there is still something i can't get to know. Who is the moder? the shrink? or Cathrine?
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TonyB.Feb 12, 2006
Glossy trash with not a believable minute in it, "Basic Instinct" attracted customers who should have spent their money more wisely. The dance hall scene, so over the top, is a scream!
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HansFlicksJul 5, 2013
When a film is parodied as much as this one has been over the years, it can sometimes lessen any impact that it once had. Basic Instinct is not affected in the least by all the fun that's been poked at it, still retaining the intrigue andWhen a film is parodied as much as this one has been over the years, it can sometimes lessen any impact that it once had. Basic Instinct is not affected in the least by all the fun that's been poked at it, still retaining the intrigue and power that made it such a success upon its release.

The twists and turns, mind games and misdirection are what really make this movie such a classic. There are few femme fatales as callous as Sharon Stone's Catherine Tramell and she plays the part with a chillingly cold precision. The film draws on a number of pictures that have gone before it for inspiration, but these aspects always feel like respectful homage, rather than wilful thievery. It's this combination that lends the plot a sense of timelessness, though the same can't necessarily be said for the style in which the material is approached. Having said that, there's surprisingly little in the way of content that feels painfully dated, which can sometimes be jarring in other flicks of the time.

The original script apparently called for a much younger protagonist, but Douglas is not held back in the least by his advancing years (pushing fifty at the time of the film's release). His character's tragic past inflecting his attitude to life and difficulties relating to those around him. The incredibly insular nature of the man does much to accentuate the tightness of Tramell's hold over him, her unnerving skill in controlling others demonstrated to be unparalleled in stature.

Whether or not the many graphic sex scenes that populate the picture are necessary in relating the narrative is debatable, but they do add an extra layer of depth to the motivations of the characters. Rather than being any kind of expression for those involved, the intimacy often serves as a means by which to manipulate partners into decisions and conclusions that further entangle them in a brilliantly twisted web of lies and deceit. It's a somewhat cynical take on relationships, but adds to the feeling that danger lies around every corner and choosing to trust more or less anyone could be a fatal mistake.

For the most part, the murders themselves would not feel out of place in a slasher flick. Copious amounts of blood and an unflinching focus on the grisly details characterise the majority. This, along with the erotica and locations in which the action takes place, bring the seedier side of this fictional San Francisco to the fore. A constant supply of sex, drugs and alcohol seemingly on tap at all hours of the day.
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MovieGuysOct 17, 2013
This movie is made for one purpose: to entertain. It's a stroke novel come to the big screen, and it has the fair share of pornographic content (in fact, probably about 75% of the movie is just sex scenes or sexual activates). So, this movieThis movie is made for one purpose: to entertain. It's a stroke novel come to the big screen, and it has the fair share of pornographic content (in fact, probably about 75% of the movie is just sex scenes or sexual activates). So, this movie is overacted, dramatic, unrealistic, and many more adjectives like that, but it succeeds at what it sets out to do. Expand
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SpangleJun 14, 2015
A film that has received a mixed response over the years, Basic Instinct is a sleek, sexy, and thrilling, noir film that I believe deserves more respect than it has received over the years. While gory at times and featuring some majorly overA film that has received a mixed response over the years, Basic Instinct is a sleek, sexy, and thrilling, noir film that I believe deserves more respect than it has received over the years. While gory at times and featuring some majorly over the top sex scenes, this one has a riveting case at its center that really messes with your mind. Who did it? Did the detectives get it right? Did they get played? Ultimately, the correct answer may be a combination of things, but that fact makes this one a ton of fun to watch unfold. The writing here is quite strong, as is the direction. However, the best part of this film is Sharon Stone. In a role that uses her good looks to seduce both Michael Douglas' character and the audience, she is phenomenal here as she makes you believe her every word, even though you know she cannot be trusted. A porno with plot, Basic Instinct could have toned down its sex scenes without much of value being lost, but ignoring those, I really did enjoy this one a lot. Perfectly paced with a gripping murder case as its anchor, Basic Instinct is a good noir film that could have been great, but as is, it is still quite good. Expand
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talisencrwJan 14, 2016
Controversy aside, in regards both to Sharon Stone's quintessentially-provocative noirish femme fatale (talk about a queen bee or alpha female!) and the backlash that the film portrayed lesbians as crazed psychos, Verhoeven both played aControversy aside, in regards both to Sharon Stone's quintessentially-provocative noirish femme fatale (talk about a queen bee or alpha female!) and the backlash that the film portrayed lesbians as crazed psychos, Verhoeven both played a striking tribute to Sir Alfred Hitchcock, particularly San Francisco's based Vertigo and in use of the blonde bombshell, and simply continued his style of storytelling that had become his trademark in his pre-Hollywood, formative days in the Netherlands. Though it's not mentioned in the interviews of either star or director, the wonderful car chase brought to mind that 'other' car chase Frisco Bay movie, 'Bullitt'. But given the remarkable landscape of the area, why not? One would be a fool not to push the stylistic envelope as far as the censors will allow. A film that would have made The Master of Suspense proud, methinks, and one that he himself perhaps would have done, had Joe Eszterhas' very fun script been around, during, say, the time of 'Frenzy', when Hitchcock was at his cheekiest. A fantastic date movie too, by the way... Expand
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