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

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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40

Empire

There’s still a guilty pleasure to be had in the ludicrous sex scenes (either we’re doing it very wrong, or Sharon Stone suffers from the...
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38

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Verhoeven's lurid thriller has moments of welcome self-parody, but most of the action manages to be sensationalistic, homophobic, and...
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25

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Verhoeven does not explore the dark side, but merely exploits it, and that makes all the difference in the world. [20 Mar 1992, Friday, p.C]
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
A perverse, lame-brained thriller that is pornographic, misogynist and homophobic. If that makes it sound appealing, I should also add that...
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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 Iffy for 16+ Excessive whodunit is definitely not for kids.
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