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Basic Instinct 2 Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The 1992 phenomenon was creepy, tense and sexually charged in a bold yet tawdry way. This sequel lacks even a shred of those elements.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Basic Instinct 2 is pretty awful. Rarely has a meaningless thriller had so many meaningful glances, or such arch acting by good actors who know better.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. I cannot recommend the movie, but ... why the hell can't I? Just because it's godawful? What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie? Godawful and boring, that would be a reason.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Morrissey gives a stiff, awkward performance, while Stone moves dangerously close to overplaying the femme fatale. There is little if any intrigue in the story or the characters. Even the murders don't even seem to matter much.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Basic Instinct 2 isn't bad, exactly, but it lacks the entertaining vulgarity of the first film; it's Basic Instinct redone with more ''class'' and less thrust.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Very graphic sequel. Brain cells could be lost.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a hard R, with frequent sexual language and activity, nudity, violence, and profanity. Characters talk about murder and engage in violent acts (one shooting, a couple of fights, one attempted strangling). Characters talk about sex using crude language, and try to seduce one another with sultry looks and descriptions of sexual activity. Catherine wears revealing clothing. The dead bodies are gruesome (pale, frothing at the mouth from a drug overdose, neck bleeding). Characters buy drugs, Catherine smokes a joint, characters drink and smoke cigarettes.

  • Families can talk about the attention that middle-aged Sharon Stone has received for playing a sexy role. Why is it so surprising that she could still play this sort of role? Would it be as shocking if a man the same age played a similar role? Also, why do so many strong women in movies only derive power by using their sex appeal?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Novelist may be a murderer; cop may be corrupt; analyst may be a murderer: they're all selfish and cocky and unsympathetic.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Car crashes through glass into a river and character drowns in first scene; dead bodies include naked men in bed (one hung with a strap, another with syringe in his arm), and a woman (dying when found) with her throat slit; Glass fights some men in a bar; Glass tries to strangle and drown Catherine; shooting and painful hand-to-hand struggle near the end.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Movie begins with masturbation in a car while driver crashes it into a river; relentless talk about sexual activity (see ""); sound of woman moaning leads viewer to think two women are having sex in a public bathroom, but it turns out to be a woman dying (her throat is cut); Catherine chokes Glass during sex in S/M scene; Catherine wears a blouse that shows her nipples; several sex scenes show naked bodies (bottoms, breasts, legs); brief references to lesbianism as taunt to Glass (nothing visible); a man is left dead/naked, hung by his bedpost (pillow is left in his lap); Catherine shows her naked breasts.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent use of the f-word (several times as slang for sexual activity); one use of c-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Ferrari Spider (car).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Catherine smokes cigarettes frequently; Milena smokes once; characters drink liquor, Catherine smokes a joint.