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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Entertainment Weekly - 9/10 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. - 9/10 by Chuck O'Leary A lurid psychological thriller that's sexy, nasty and a lot of fun...And you were expecting subtlety from a film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven?
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.
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.
KFOR Channel 4 News - 8/10 by Blake Davis Another over the top classic from Paul Verhoeven.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/10 by Joe Pollack 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.
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. - 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.
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. - 7/10 by Fred Topel Very effective thriller. More scary than sexy.
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.

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