Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. 75
    The movie is ingenious in the way it surrounds its essentially crass subject matter with a camouflage of romantic scenery.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    75
    Indecent Proposal is as relentlessly entertaining as it is silly--so shamelessly over the top that you watch in a mixture of horror and delight as the drama unfolds toward a climax that is truly mind-boggling.
  3. Mr. Lyne's films may not cast any new light on the human condition, but they do keep you glued to the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Philip Thomas
    60
    The performances are alright enough but the casting was a bizarre choice and it's just not strong enough to carry the premise.
  5. 50
    As sexist propaganda, the film is shameless.
  6. 50
    Once the setup is over, however, Indecent Proposal starts to fall apart, with the implausibilities and contrivances getting worse with every passing minute.
  7. Indecent Proposal starts out kinky and turns into a languid-and shockingly banal- domestic soap opera.
  8. 40
    Lyne has the stylized talent of a soft-core pornographer; he choreographs his movies like languorous sex scenes.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    40
    Because director Adrian Lyne takes all this so slowly and seriously, Indecent Proposal is an inadvertent comedy. As such, it is much funnier than "Honeymoon in Vegas", which tried in vain to be funny about the same idea.
  10. 40
    He's obsessed with the physical details instead of the human emotions. The actors are really just part of the scenery.
  11. With some movies, though, it's just the opposite. Like this one. It's a whole lot easier to forget than to forgive.
  12. Redford's Gage is so busy being exquisitely sensitive and polite he neglects to project any energy, and without it the crucial morning-after part of the movie gradually collapses under the weight of its own self-importance. [07 Apr 1993 Pg. F1]
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    This is one of those high-concept pictures with a big windup and weak delivery.
  14. 30
    The movie is hardly in a position to chastise Gage for his empty soul when its own style is one of numbing, desolate slickness.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    There's nothing sleazier than sleaze that fails to titillate, and this drab blight on a hot cast is as sleazy as a preordained hit ever gets. [07 Apr 1993 Pg. 08.D]
  16. In Adrian Lyne's latest monstrosity, love takes on money -- and loses. Not necessarily in the story, of course. This is a Hollywood movie. I'm talking between the lines.
  17. With a shamelessly cliched script by Amy Holden Jones (based on a novel by Jack Engelhard) that includes a speech plagiarized from Citizen Kane, the results are only for those who can take fare like "Valley of the Dolls" with a straight face and want to see Redford play Jay Gatsby again.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 16, 2010
    5
    average for me.... acting was sub par I thought compared to previous work the two major stars (Demi, RR) had done. Not a big Woody fan in anything lol

    Subject matter did hit a nerve though - "how would I feel?" worth watching but that's about it
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