Basic Instinct
Basic Instinct

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A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a seductive woman could be involved.

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Variety - 9/10 by Unknown Grade-A pulp fiction. This erotically charged thriller about the search for an ice-pick murderer in San Francisco rivets attention through its sleek style, attractive cast doing and thinking kinky things, and story, which is as weirdly implausible as it is intensely visceral.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - 8/10 by Roger Hurlburt [Stone] is the very best thing about this often disappointing, frantically sexy and, ultimately, unpalatable thriller.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/10 by Joe Pollack A splendid murder mystery, but one with as much gore and steamy sex as I've seen in a long time. [20 Mar 1992, p.3F]
Rolling Stone - 8/10 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 spent $49 million to reproduce that dirty little thrill on the big screen.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10 by Owen Gleiberman Beneath its heavy-breathing fripperies, though, Basic Instinct is mechanical and routine, a muddle of Hitchcockian red herrings and standard cop-thriller ballistics.
The New York Times - 7/10 by Janet Maslin Basic Instinct transfers Mr. Verhoeven's flair for action-oriented material to the realm of Hitchcockian intrigue, and the results are viscerally effective even when they don't make sense. Drawing powerfully on the seductiveness of his actors and the intensity of their situation, Mr. Verhoeven easily suspends all disbelief.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10 by Owen Gleiberman Sharon Stone, in her first major-league role, comes on like a postfeminist Grace Kelly. She turns her haughty, slightly blank, cheerleader sexiness into something vampish and ominous -- an all-American beauty mask.
Radio Times - 6/10 by John Ferguson Joe Eszterhas shamelessly reworks ideas and themes he had earlier exploited in films such as Jagged Edge and Music Box, but the sheer overheated nature of Verhoeven's direction makes this extremely watchable.
Total Film - 6/10 by Jamie Graham Trailer trash Hitchcock spliced with overboiled film noir.
Boston Globe - 6/10 by Jay Carr Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct is a slick, trashy, blatantly manipulative thriller that you won't stop watching once you start. [20 Mar 1992, p.25]
TIME Magazine - 6/10 by Richard Schickel [The film has] a smug faith in the ability of its own speed, smartness and luxe to wow the yokels.
TV Guide Magazine - 5/10 by Unknown The worst things about Basic Instinct, though, are the explicit "love" scenes. They're supposed to contribute to a heady equation in which sex, violence and psychology are fused; instead, they're gratuitous, exploitative, and entirely unerotic.

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