Cruel Intentions Synopsis
Two manipulative adolescents (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe) scheme to ruin others.
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75

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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67

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...
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60

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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50

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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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point.
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50

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...
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40

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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38

ReelViews

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...
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30

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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20

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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I looooved this movie

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Rated R | For Strong Sexual Dialogue, Drug Use, Sexual Situations Inv. Teens and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Dangerous Liaisons among rich NYC teens.
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