Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. A witty, raunchy comedy, which proves that a well-written piece of business – oozing with sex, wit and nasty intrigue – works for any generation.
  2. 80
    The dirtiest-minded American movie in recent memory -- and an honestly corrupt entertaining picture is never anything to sneeze at.
  3. 80
    Don't be fooled by the WB appeal; if you've ever been in high school, Cruel Intentions has the wiles to seduce.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    Nasty, profane and wickedly entertaining for the most part.
  5. The original was about social manipulation as blood sport. Amazing how easily it transports, themes intact, to our blighted decade, and to our children.
  6. 75
    It crash-lands with an ending of soppy moralizing, but until the end, it's smart and merciless in the tradition of the original story.
  7. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    The darkly comic tone is often just right, and the casting occasionally pays off.
  8. Reviewed by: B.J. Sigesmund
    70
    You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism.
  9. Neither the characters nor the events are exactly the same as those of the novel, but some of the same spirit comes across.
  10. 70
    As the story plows toward its finale, the cultural dislocation problems become worse, until by the end they almost defeat the whole film.
  11. 70
    A "guilty pleasure" -- only it's the sort of film that would mock anyone who felt guilt in pleasure.
  12. Never shocks or even offends by ascribing fully adult cruelties and erotic activities to obnoxious kids; such harshness wouldn't flatter a cast this moussed and magazine-layout-ready.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    It's tremendous fun, thanks largely to a smarter-than-average script and some fierce casting.
  14. 50
    As Cruel Intentions progresses, you may come to realize that if a bomb suddenly blew up everyone on screen, you wouldn't particularly miss anyone.
  15. It's fun, but the blatant, obvious kind that mistakes allusive cool for mature filmmaking and subtle ideasmanship.
  16. 50
    In truth, the only reason this film was made was to allow viewers to ogle pretty young things behaving badly.
  17. It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.
  18. You have the queasy sense that the whole thing is just an elaborate stunt, and in this case an exploitative one.
  19. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    40
    In the end, the whole shebang comes off like a bunch of snotty, rich white kids screwing each other and screwing each other over.
  20. 40
    It's not boring (given the subject, how could it be?), but almost nothing in it works.
  21. 38
    No amount of youthful charisma can alter the fact that, in the light of "Dangerous Liaisons", Cruel Intentions is a feeble and dissatisfying shadow.
  22. 30
    It works only sporadically, and more as a comic outing than as a vicious battle of sexual predation.
  23. 20
    It's not the trite talk that sends Cruel Intentions into a tailspin, it's the lightweight casting.
  24. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    20
    Mr Kumble: Keep your hands off the classics! You don't deserve to read them, let alone paraphrase them.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Aug 28, 2011
    8
    Despite the bombs in script, there is something dark and at the same time pleasurable about this movie. Not that it has anything to do withDespite the bombs in script, there is something dark and at the same time pleasurable about this movie. Not that it has anything to do with the original movie, much less the book - but does it has to? it might be remade too far off the original, but it's not completely lame. Great performances by Baranski, Witherspoon and Gellar plus the amazing soundtrack. Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2011
    9
    A Great Movie! Sarah Michelle Gellar Does Great In This Movie!
    The Plot Was Written Very Good, The Acting Is Pretty Good, And The Ending Was
    A Great Movie! Sarah Michelle Gellar Does Great In This Movie!
    The Plot Was Written Very Good, The Acting Is Pretty Good, And The Ending Was Very Creative...
    Overall A Movie I Could Watch A Few Times :)
    Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2013
    9
    Wow just wow. This film is excellent I can't say something bad. It has great actors and good music. The plot is excellent and the film is aWow just wow. This film is excellent I can't say something bad. It has great actors and good music. The plot is excellent and the film is a masterpiece. It is really smart and it is easily watched. i think everyone would love that film. Nothing else to say just watch that film. Plus, it's the sexiest film EVER Full Review »