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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 30
    It works only sporadically, and more as a comic outing than as a vicious battle of sexual predation.
  2. Neither the characters nor the events are exactly the same as those of the novel, but some of the same spirit comes across.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 80
    Don't be fooled by the WB appeal; if you've ever been in high school, Cruel Intentions has the wiles to seduce.
  8. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    The darkly comic tone is often just right, and the casting occasionally pays off.
  9. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    20
    Mr Kumble: Keep your hands off the classics! You don't deserve to read them, let alone paraphrase them.
  10. 50
    In truth, the only reason this film was made was to allow viewers to ogle pretty young things behaving badly.
  11. 70
    As the story plows toward its finale, the cultural dislocation problems become worse, until by the end they almost defeat the whole film.
  12. 70
    You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism.
  13. 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.
  14. 20
    It's not the trite talk that sends Cruel Intentions into a tailspin, it's the lightweight casting.
  15. 80
    The dirtiest-minded American movie in recent memory -- and an honestly corrupt entertaining picture is never anything to sneeze at.
  16. It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.
  17. It's fun, but the blatant, obvious kind that mistakes allusive cool for mature filmmaking and subtle ideasmanship.
  18. You have the queasy sense that the whole thing is just an elaborate stunt, and in this case an exploitative one.
  19. 40
    It's not boring (given the subject, how could it be?), but almost nothing in it works.
  20. 60
    It's tremendous fun, thanks largely to a smarter-than-average script and some fierce casting.
  21. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    Nasty, profane and wickedly entertaining for the most part.
  22. 70
    A "guilty pleasure" -- only it's the sort of film that would mock anyone who felt guilt in pleasure.
  23. A witty, raunchy comedy, which proves that a well-written piece of business – oozing with sex, wit and nasty intrigue – works for any generation.
  24. The original was about social manipulation as blood sport. Amazing how easily it transports, themes intact, to our blighted decade, and to our children.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 259 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 »