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Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. 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.
  2. Directed with playful wit and energy, with steamy sex scenes played as much for laughs as anything else.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    78
    A carefully constructed thriller whose clever dialogue keeps pace with its fascinating lead actress.
  6. 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.
  7. 70
    The movie has a hard forties snap to it -- lust is a weapon and love is a letdown.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. FrankO.
    Feb 12, 2006
    10
    John Dahl's best film to date...Fiorentino is awesome as one of film's best femme fatale...plays everyone for a sucker...Must see John Dahl's best film to date...Fiorentino is awesome as one of film's best femme fatale...plays everyone for a sucker...Must see for film noir fans. Expand

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