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  • Summary: A mystery of deceit, sex and greed as unpredictable as a hungry gator, this is the swamp-steamy thriller about two high school students, the guidance counselor they accuse of rape and the detective who knows there's more to the story.  (Sony)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Goldberg
    One reason Wild Things works so well is that director John McNaughton sustains a darkly comic tone throughout the film without letting it degenerate into farce.
  2. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    Not only is it highly unusual, but the picture is chock-full of surprise and unexpected humor to leaven its thriller trappings.
  3. Predicated on two ideas -- that human nature is rife with perfidy and that it's important to get the cast into hot cars or bathing suits whenever possible -- Mr. McNaughton and the cinematographer Jeffrey L. Kimball (''Top Gun,'' ''True Romance'') give a decadent gloss to this far-fetched, quintuple-crossing tale.
  4. It's amusing in a trashy sort of way.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    As double-cross becomes triple-cross becomes quadruple cross, it all gets awfully trying.
  6. Reviewed by: Jimmy Fowler
    Wild Things reaches such dizzying heights of wretched dialogue, creaky contrivances, and panting performances, you're forced to wonder if the filmmakers realized how bad their script was and switched gears into pure camp at some point during the shoot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 24, 2011
    One Of The Best Films Ever Made! Denise Richards Did A Great A+ Job As Well As The Rest Of The Cast.. The Writing Is Very Good.. There Is Really Noting Negative About This Movie @ All! Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2012
    Actually This Is A Pretty Good Movie..
    The Plot Is Very Well Writen And The Acting By Denise Richards Is Good..
    I'm Not Sure Users Are
    Saying "One Of The Best Movies Of All Time" Because It's Not.. It's A Good Movie.. Expand
  3. JayH
    Mar 16, 2008
    Starts out very promising but the plot does get a bit far fetched as it progresses along. There are a few too many twists. This does hurt the credibilty of the film. The cast is good, Denise Richards is a knock out. Great location footage. Expand
  4. Feb 24, 2013
    Wild Things is a fun twisty, turny piece of semi-erotic film noir.. It's good but it isn't a masterwork or anything. Bill Murray's inclusion, however, is delightful. Collapse
  5. Feb 22, 2013
    For years, people have been talking to me about this smart, sexy thriller, that spawned three sequels. There is also something to be said for mysteries, with twists and turns, that make you think, but a half hour into this thing, it was easy to figure out why none of the stars came back for the sequels. This movie certainly plays up the eye candy angle, with two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and at first glance, it seems like it's going to be a pretty good film, but then the twists and turns kick in. Throwing in a twist can make an ordinary film spectacular, but when you do it every five minutes, it just confuses the hell out of the audience, and that's what happened here. By the end of Wild Things, I didn't know what the hell was going on anymore. As for the performances, they range from the brilliant Neve Campbell to the horrid Matt Dillon, and feature a ton of cameos in-between. I wanted to like this movie, there are some very good looking people, who like to take their cloths off, and that does tend to help you focus more, but the question is what are we focusing on? I concluded that there really isn't a reason to watch two hours of pure when you can find all the naked celebrity pictures you could ever want, in five minutes online. Expand

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