Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    A movie that is not only ingenious and entertaining, but liberating, because we can sense the story isn't going to be twisted into conformity with some stupid formula.
  2. Directed with playful wit and energy, with steamy sex scenes played as much for laughs as anything else.
  3. Legs flashing and eyes smouldering and brain scintillating, Fiorentino serves up each facet with venomous glee - it's a performance that mixes a main course of Bette Davis with a side order of La Femme Nikita, and it's mesmerizing.
  4. A devilishly entertaining crime story with a heroine who must be seen to be believed, is as satisfying an ensemble piece as “Red Rock West.” [26 October 1994, p. C13]
  5. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    Pacing is on the button, and the film moves inexorably, without any flat moments, toward the suspenseful, if morally indefensible, finale.
  6. 80
    A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
  7. Unlike the classic noirs, this is grounded in neither a recognizable social reality nor a metaphysical sense of doom--just a lot of sexy attitude, humping, and heavy breathing.
  8. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    78
    A carefully constructed thriller whose clever dialogue keeps pace with its fascinating lead actress.
  9. 75
    Director John Dahl has fun with this material, filming the modern-day noir potboiler with such gusto that it's impossible not to fall under its spell.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff(Not Credited)
    70
    A dark, expertly contrived display of paranoid nastiness; it's so gleefully mean that only the most tender-hearted viewer could resist going along for the ride.
  11. A spirited attempt at modern film noir, and huge parts of it are enjoyable.
  12. 70
    The movie has a hard forties snap to it -- lust is a weapon and love is a letdown.

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