Basic Instinct
Basic Instinct

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A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.... (Full plot summary below)

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

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Variety - 9/10 by Variety Staff 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. - 8/10 by Fred Topel Very effective thriller. More scary than sexy.
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.
Eye for Film - 8/10 by Amber Wilkinson The snappy dialogue and high-calibre acting, by the central characters and a strong supporting cast ... keeps the film from tipping over the brink into Showgirls territory.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/10 by Joe Pollack Bad politics sometimes makes for good movies, and the harsh, politically incorrect truth about Basic Instinct is that it's a tantalizing, suspensefully correct thriller.
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.
KFOR Channel 4 News - 8/10 by Blake Davis Another over the top classic from Paul Verhoeven.
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. - 7/10 by Dragan Antulov All in all, Basic Instinct is a film that should be viewed as nothing more than a good example of Hollywood craftsmanship.
UK Critic - 7/10 by Ian Waldron-Mantgani Could we be ready to stop snickering about it and admit to its status as a modern classic?
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.
Washington Post - 7/10 by Desson Thomson A predictable, surprisingly uninvolving affair.

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