Basic Instinct Synopsis
An erotic writer (Sharon Stone) lures a detective (Michael Douglas) who hunts an ice-pick killer.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A splendid murder mystery, but one with as much gore and steamy sex as I've seen in a long time. [20 Mar 1992, p.3F]
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film is for horny pups of all ages who relish the memory of reading stroke books under the covers with a flashlight. Verhoeven has...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Beneath its heavy-breathing fripperies, though, Basic Instinct is mechanical and routine, a muddle of Hitchcockian red herrings and...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The film never makes total sense, but at its best (the first half-hour), it comes closer to solidly junky titillation than the hapless Final...
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct is a slick, trashy, blatantly manipulative thriller that you won't stop watching once you start. [20 Mar...
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50

TV Guide

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The worst things about Basic Instinct, though, are the explicit "love" scenes. They're supposed to contribute to a heady equation in which...
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50

Baltimore Sun

By Stephen Hunter
Overpublicized and underbrained,Basic Instinct is a bitter disappointment, worth maybe a 10th of the hype that the media have so obligingly...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Uninvolving. Even the sex is boring. Are these scenes supposed to be wildly erotic? If they are, they don't work. [20 Mar 1992, Daily...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it's just a worthless scrap with the spaces filled in.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Joe Eszterhas' screenplay doesn't make sense, and he doesn't bother to hide this fact. In the end, Basic Instinct teases and screws us with...
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Good and Bad

By roberson2013
While I believe it is a fantastic story line with good acting, the content is too much for the average viewer. At least 20 to 30 minutes of nudity, and two graphic sex scenes. This would definitely...

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Excessive whodunit is definitely not for kids.
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