Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It crash-lands with an ending of soppy moralizing, but until the end, it's smart and merciless in the tradition of the original story.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Never shocks or even offends by ascribing fully adult cruelties and erotic activities to obnoxious kids; such harshness wouldn't flatter a cast this moussed and magazine-layout-ready.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's tremendous fun, thanks largely to a smarter-than-average script and some fierce casting.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
It's fun, but the blatant, obvious kind that mistakes allusive cool for mature filmmaking and subtle ideasmanship.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.
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Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
As Cruel Intentions progresses, you may come to realize that if a bomb suddenly blew up everyone on screen, you wouldn't particularly miss anyone.
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Film Threat

By Ron Wells
In the end, the whole shebang comes off like a bunch of snotty, rich white kids screwing each other and screwing each other over.
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By James Berardinelli
No amount of youthful charisma can alter the fact that, in the light of "Dangerous Liaisons", Cruel Intentions is a feeble and dissatisfying shadow.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
It works only sporadically, and more as a comic outing than as a vicious battle of sexual predation.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's not the trite talk that sends Cruel Intentions into a tailspin, it's the lightweight casting.
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56 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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