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  • Summary: Set in modern-day Manhattan, this is an adaptation of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," the classic and scandalous Pierre Laclos novel of sexual manipulation and romantic war games first published in 1782. (Columbia TriStar)

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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. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    Nasty, profane and wickedly entertaining for the most part.
  3. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    The darkly comic tone is often just right, and the casting occasionally pays off.
  4. 60
    It's tremendous fun, thanks largely to a smarter-than-average script and some fierce casting.
  5. 50
    In truth, the only reason this film was made was to allow viewers to ogle pretty young things behaving badly.
  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. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    20
    Mr Kumble: Keep your hands off the classics! You don't deserve to read them, let alone paraphrase them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Laura
    Feb 5, 2006
    10
    Excellent. Sarah Michelle Gellar is fantastic in this movie, she's a hell of an actress. And the music in this movie is just perfect.
  2. AymenD.
    Apr 15, 2006
    10
    One of the best movies ever! Sarah Michelle Gellar is stunning as the seductive and bitchy Kathryn. This movie is so sad, but at the same One of the best movies ever! Sarah Michelle Gellar is stunning as the seductive and bitchy Kathryn. This movie is so sad, but at the same time very satirical. Loved every second of the movie, especially Sarah Michelle Gellar's breathtaking performance! Collapse
  3. JubayerA
    Feb 26, 2008
    10
    Thanks to the producer for producing such a nice film. It has a spirit, that deserves appreciation.
  4. 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 Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. OliverS
    Jul 31, 2008
    7
    Relatively good adaptation of the book but Valmont sucks.
  7. Jun 9, 2013
    7
    Questionable acting and some bad script decisions aside, Cruel Intentions is something to be admired for its edgy story and raunchyQuestionable acting and some bad script decisions aside, Cruel Intentions is something to be admired for its edgy story and raunchy personification of its characters. Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar take centre stage as step brother and sister Sebastian and Kathryn, filthy rich teen who pretty much prey on the weak minded for their own pleasure.
    Sebastian is the slick and handsome teen who woos and seduces the young women he wants, until he no longer sees them as a challenge and dumps, destroying their reputation in the process. His stepsister Kathryn is the manipulative temptress who gets what she wants whenever she wants it, they decide to place a bet that Sebastian cannot tempt and seduce the new straight A student Annette (Reese Witherspoon), a young girl who has decided not to lose her virginity until she finds love, something Sebastian wants to take advantage of, especially in a film or setting like this where reputation is everything.
    Thrown into the mix are a range of other interesting and unique characters, but some who ultimately don't have enough screen time.
    Cruel Intentions immediately sets out to impress yet put the viewer on edge with its crude dialogue and sexual tendencies, Ryan Phillippe plays a confident person in Sebastian, but also shows a much deeper and more meaningful side as he gets to know Annette. Reese Witherspoon, as excellent an actress as she is, really doesn't have very much to say, her dialogue seems very constrained throughout the film which limits her talents.
    For me, Sarah Michelle Gellar was the weakest part of the film, until the last five minutes. Her acting was completely off and her facial expressions were virtually non-existent, this just isn't the same person we seen in Buffy. Her constant teasing of her stepbrother just became annoying and cringeworthy, not for the the reason of it being her brother, but it was just very unbelievable.
    Selma Blair also puts in a decent performance as the airhead teenager Cecile, sought after by her music teacher and manipulated by Sebastian and Kathryn.
    A comedy while also painting a dramatic piece in the closing half hour, Cruel Intentions could hit much higher notes, relying too heavily on its leads to carry the film when a strong cast is already there. But still a nice twist on the typical teen dramedy.
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