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Cruel Intentions Review

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

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune 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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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Dangerous Liaisons among rich NYC teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains quite a lot of sex, most of it not shown explicitly, but all of it highly suggestive. There is liberal use of the usual four-letter words, and many examples of manipulative and cruel behavior.

  • Families can talk about why the characters behave the way they do –- why is Kathryn so cruel? Why is Sebastian so unconcerned about the feelings of the women he takes advantage of? Is their social status a factor? What about their parents? There are also questions about the film's resolution –- is Sebastian sincere in what he tells Annette? Is what Annette does justified?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Many examples of manipulative and cruel behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: One explicit sex scene, several highly suggestive ones (including the suggestion of sex between stepbrother and stepsister), and kissing between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character takes cocaine, several drink alcohol, one to drunkenness.