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Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions

1999
Romance
Comedy
1h 37m
Set in modern-day Manhattan, this is an adaptation of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," the classic and scandalous Pierre Laclos novel of sexual manipulation and romantic war games first published in 1782. (Columbia TriStar)
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Cruel Intentions

1999
Romance
Comedy
1h 37m
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Rated 17 Jun 2016
65
42nd
The film ends with a slo-mo shot of people shaking their heads in disgust while the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony" plays. Yes, it's one of the best endings to a film I have seen.
Rated 16 Oct 2009
50
8th
A film that would benefit greatly from being a porno.
Rated 31 May 2014
47
17th
The only bet I ever made with my sister-in-law involved our pet gerbil. Technically I lost that bet, but in hindsight, it was the gerbil that really lost.
Rated 21 Jul 2007
20
21st
An attempt at edgy, sexy cleverness that bombs spectacularly. This movie is so ass. Joshua Jackson has a face like a tumor.
Rated 21 Jun 2010
95
71st
Deception. Lust. Love.and Sarah Michelle Gellar playing as a horndog.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
28
19th
Famous among teenage boys of the era who didn't have access to the internet.
Rated 01 Nov 2007
1
0th
This probably wasn't that bad, but I absolutely detested it in a way that I didn't think was possible.
Rated 28 Aug 2017
63
8th
Thank goodness it has *that* scene with Sarah Michelle and Selma. It also has a star-studded cast and an obnoxiously relentless string of 90s hit songs, but aside from that delight, it's really weak stuff. Teenage fantasy drivel which paved the way for a generation of YA abominations.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
70
58th
Very good cast in a very good movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
As guilty as guilty pleasures get, but damn if I don't enjoy the heck out of it. I must have watched the lesbian makeout scene a hundred times back when I was 14. That shit was incredible.
Rated 27 Feb 2008
94
99th
ger & eng; [eiskalte engel]; stiefschwester und bruder intrigieren andere jugendliche bis der bruder die liebe findet.
Rated 06 Jan 2009
60
50th
The good thing about digital copies as opposed to VHS is that it isn't worn down when rewatching particular scenes. While not amazing, granted, the rest of this movie actually isn't half-bad.
Rated 21 Feb 2021
50
35th
I'm a bit ashamed, but I kind of enjoyed it. Even though it's completely ridiculous and really stupid, it still somewhat works.
Rated 01 Jun 2010
40
32nd
Tempted to give it a perfect score because of that kissing scene, but aside from that it isn't very good. Still, tempting.
Rated 26 Dec 2013
47
37th
Gellar was pretty much made for this role, so 40 points go to her. Then an additional 7 points go to me for not partaking in self-harm every time Phillippe was on screen with that atrocious haircut and his gag-worthy "acting". Ugh. This film is essentially a glorified Gossip Girl episode with dialogue worthy of a porno, but it was verrrrrry entertaining.
Rated 04 Feb 2011
98
85th
~3-4
Rated 21 Aug 2011
100
0th
surprisingly good
Rated 10 Jul 2009
70
16th
Selma Blair's character is irritating as all hell. I did like Reese's acting, though. And Joshua Jackson's funny lines. And the soundtrack. Yeah, the soundtrack.
Rated 01 Jul 2009
94
85th
Much prefer this to Dangerous Liaisons, it definitely has faults but I love it. The music works really well too
Rated 03 Dec 2009
65
27th
Good for what it is.
Rated 15 Mar 2009
40
26th
This movie had a cheesy ending.
Rated 29 May 2018
75
53rd
What a guilty pleasure! Delicesine eğlendim izlerken, film günümüz türk dizilerine mükkemmel bir ilham kaynağı. Senaryo ne kadar tırt olsa da film asla düşmüyor, filmdeki yoğun cinsellik yüzünden bi tık hakkı yenmiş olabilir. Oyunculuk falan da beklemeyin sadece düşünmeden izleyin ve zevk alın.
Rated 14 Jan 2014
35
3rd
I can see how a film of this short (rich, unlikable college kids fucking and doing drugs) could work -"The Rules of Attraction" has a similar vibe and that was a memorable movie. But it needs solid writing and direction to succeed -"Cruel Intentions" descends to icky, moralistic melodrama instead. There are some high camp elements that merit attention (mostly revolving around foreplay scenes and song selection) but, ultimately, the film is little more than a glorified porn flick without the sex.
Rated 16 Aug 2012
60
62nd
It's a film that's worth watching if only for its characters, which were well-written and intriguing. Seeing them manipulate their victims might not be endearing, but it's engaging. The story is full of cliche, and the actors aren't exactly all that good, but I still can't say that I had a bad time while watching it. This is a film that takes an 18th-century novel and transplants its setting to New York in the 1990s. I was always interested in what would happen next.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
86
73rd
A sexy teen classic. Good performances all around, topped off with a legendary movie music moment.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
79th
Sarah Michelle Gellar is my dream woman.
Rated 19 Feb 2017
90
84th
Cruel Intentions might be a great movie, for me, because it was a hit during my formative years. The cast is filled with young actors who came up in Hollywood while I was coming up in life. The story of a brother and sister during summer break from boarding school who scheme and manipulate the people around them for their own enjoyment is engrossing. Ryan Phillippe is fantastic in this movie. He is aweful throughout the whole movie, which makes it savory when he somehow redeems himself.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
70
59th
Don't much care for the Pfeiffer/Malkovich/Thurman-version, nor this Gellar/Phillippe/Witherspoon-version, but for teenagers in the 90s this was huge(myself included), willing to bet Placebo got a boost in record-sales after it came out.
Rated 22 Apr 2012
76
43rd
80's teens meet 90's music, it's really good.
Rated 20 Nov 2018
37
16th
taki ?mieszny ten Seba
Rated 17 Oct 2007
89
37th
Scandelous!!
Rated 18 May 2007
50
23rd
WTF!? I waited the whole movie to see Gellar naked and not even a glimpse!? LAME! Foul play!
Rated 25 Sep 2010
62
30th
Phillippe pube hair is distracting. Girls kiss.
Rated 21 Jul 2009
1
11th
Terrible pseudo-sexy crap.
Rated 23 Feb 2008
40
31st
Poor rerun. Again.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
80
65th
Great cast.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
40
8th
Ooooh, Buffy be bad.
Rated 10 Jul 2010
1
21st
Why should every literature classic be viciously raped by piss-poor Hollywood adaptations? Sexual manipulation and abuse would make for an introspective, absorbing exploitation film, and this one tries to be sexy, thrilling and dangerous, but it is only ever drab, pretentious and stupid. The only thing I agree with this film: "E-mail is for geeks and paedophiles. Write her a letter." You tell them that, Sebastian!
Rated 07 Mar 2024
70
34th
Are you kidding me
Rated 28 Jul 2008
49
14th
In your FACE Cruel Intentions, you damn movie I rented because I was a horny teenage boy!
Rated 11 Jul 2010
80
54th
Rich girl dates rich boy with some scheming and mostly other rich people. Not my sort of thing, but a good movie nonetheless.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
86
74th
Excellent update of Dangerous Liaisons. Perfect amounts of melodrama and trashiness.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
17th
Trashy fun that doesn't translate de Laclos' novel as well as it think it does. The cast (Gellar aside) perform with a camp edge that is hard to completely like.
Rated 26 Apr 2013
37
23rd
I really loved the concept; getting to see two borderline sociopaths who interacted with the world through manipulation was fascinating. Unfortunately, there was too much that didn't work. It's often cheesy, it occasionally resembles the quality of porn, Selma Blair's character is unbearable, the redemption wasn't earned, and the ending was awful. I laughed at everything that happened during the Bittersweet Symphony montage.
Rated 15 Feb 2009
90
43rd
Guilty pleasure movie. Kind of cheesy, but Ryan Philippe is kind of inspirationally fly. Sarah Michelle Gellar is totally sexy. Good story, good-ish acting.
Rated 03 May 2007
80
63rd
The concept of this movie is brilliantly sick, simply because the teenage mind truly can work in the ways that this movie conveys. A bet on whether or a not a guy can have sex with the new headmaster's daughter? Brilliant.
Rated 15 Mar 2011
17
9th
#11#, story, (reviews), (casting).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
55th
Really well done, not your typical teen comedy, like a much much more sophisticated American Pie.
Rated 14 Feb 2008
60
38th
I haven't seen this film for years, but it was one of the first DVDs I ever got. This and American Beauty, and I think the other one was Rush Hour.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
5th
I can't even romanticize saying anything nice about this movie, and my mom said if you have nothing nice to say, shut up...or something like that.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
21
16th
Dull.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
83
44th
Sexy movie (Ryan Phillipe is tasty). Sarah Michelle Geller is just evil. I enjoyed it.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
40
11th
These writers were on crack or something worse.
Rated 21 Apr 2009
20
15th
The girl on girl kiss is cool. The rest is just weird.
Rated 11 Jun 2009
40
8th
Poor remake of a Malkovic film.
Rated 16 Jun 2011
8
79th
I just couldn't look away. Why did I find this so appealing? The plot is straight out of a Gossip Girl episode and yet it had been slightly entranced. Weirdly charming.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
1
18th
i vaguely remember something about lesbians and possibly a shower??
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
32nd
Decent.
Rated 04 Jan 2012
1
17th
Starts out as bad in an amusing way, then becomes bad in a boring way, before a newly tacked on entirely ridiculous ending closes things up. Both male actors are entirely devoid of charm, the women at least look good while being unconvincing (Blair is the worst offender, playing Cecile as borderline mentally retarded)
Rated 16 Sep 2008
0
8th
Feh. If you want Dangerous Liaisons, I suggest you stick to Ms. Close and Mr. Malkovich. Sarah Michelle Gellar's performance is, in all likelihood, the worst performance from a lead actress in a movie I saw in a mainstream theatre
Rated 04 Aug 2012
47
41st
Camp with a fun crackle to it at first, which then descends to dumb camp, although Reese Witherspoon does manage to retain a modicum of dignity. The ending is so ridiculous that it's almost horrifying
Rated 23 Aug 2007
48
47th
Good
Rated 29 Nov 2016
82
85th
What can I say, it's a guilty pleasure. A glossy teen contemporary version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses that while inferior to the likes of Frears' 1989 Dangerous Liaisons, at least has a cracking soundtrack. As for the film itself, its clearly not meant to be taken seriously and as a trashy teen drama it entertains and titillates enough to be one I enjoy going back to every few years. Buffy as a bitch? It worked for teenage me, and still does!
Rated 15 Aug 2007
65
38th
I got turned on, it's true. The movie has great source material to draw upon, and had a great cast at the time it was shot full of young talent. Ruined by sequels, the original might be worth a watch if you're into this sort of thing.
Rated 12 Feb 2022
70
63rd
So cheesy, but so entertaining. A teen drama version of Dangerous Liaisons.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
63
42nd
Sarah Michelle Gellar is smoking hot. While this doesn't make it a great film it certainly pushes it slightly above mediocrity. With that said nothing else in the movie really stands out as being memorable.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
40
13th
It's not a bad movie by any means, but the characters get boring and lame
Rated 13 Feb 2020
20
6th
None of this works. It's fucking horrendous.
Rated 04 Feb 2007
61
34th
A sorta bad/sorta good movie that qualifies as a guilty pleasure. It's hard to turn away from it when you catch it on USA, but put it in the DVD player and try to sit all the way through and you'll be surprised how disinterested you become.
Rated 29 Jan 2012
4
12th
Horrible acting and it was so ridiculously cheesy. It saddens me people enjoy this movie over the 1988 version.
Rated 26 May 2007
55
48th
Good, scandelous... but good.
Rated 11 Apr 2008
5
2nd
Is this the movie that made people think that Selma Blair could act? Because....COME ON.
Rated 25 Aug 2018
67
31st
Guilty pleasure
Rated 23 Sep 2008
74
38th
Nice remake, though not as good as the original.
Rated 10 Oct 2009
76
71st
Silly almost, but pretty good.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
70
54th
I was entertained. This proves that Michelle Gellar can act... sometimes..
Rated 28 Mar 2011
40
34th
Now a teen cult classic, Cruel Intentions is riddled with far too many cliches and overwrought drama to qualify as anything more than average. Decent set pieces, including a tremendous final scene, lift the movie at times, but it always seems to get weighed down by its ridiculous plot and archetype characters.
Rated 21 Feb 2008
81
74th
I love the music at the end of this film. Bittersweet Symphony.
Rated 06 Dec 2014
20
17th
Having the main characters be insufferable brats makes them impossible to relate to and is a problem this movie can't get over. After the whole movie has been spent gorging on their asshole escapades the 'happy' ending feels incredibly fake.
Rated 21 May 2012
90
95th
Top badass moment? Sarah Michelle Gellar gets to be the sexy-mean-bad-bitch-from-hell that Buffy could only dream of becoming, (because the latter was a prime-time TV character and had to do all that fighting to protect us all). I'm almost sorry how it ends. What a bad person! Extra kudos for the script managing to fit in Captain Picard too, always a badass thing to do. No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 10 Aug 2016
78
94th
So it happens that I'm rating this higher than Dangerous Liaisons (1988) -an unexpected move between movies of completely different leagues!!! Contrary to my prejudice before seeing, this movie is a clever take on the book; true to the spirit, good soundtrack decisions, funny and sexy as hell. So I had to watch it too late after so many years due to my bias which turned out to be wrong.
Rated 10 Feb 2016
3
45th
Smug and tacky, yet... I get some sort of morbid schadenfreude out of this piece of camp. Its sadism is nearly merciless (until a gutless ending), the humor is dark, and I enjoy the off-note register by which it is written and played (intentional or not). It does unfortunately uphold an outdated morality, wherein chaste females are either angelic objects of desire or twits to be take advantage of, while the villain is a sexually uninhibited temptress.
Rated 07 Feb 2012
60
46th
Clever adaptation of the novel to modern times and younger ages, and probably with hard influence of the acting in Stephen Frears' version. Some changes are good and some are arguable (for example, the ending), but reasonable (it's his version, there're enough out there and we don't have to get just copycats). Worst thing is probably the score and the over-over-acted Selma Blair, I don't know if it's her fault or director asked her to do that, but it's by far too much.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
58th
A good teenage-sexy movie, a lesbian kiss, the bet, Sebastian style... Sarah Michelle Gellar very hot.
Rated 28 Jun 2012
55
61st
The difference between Upper East Side or other contemporary rich kids on the one hand, and the more repressive parts of the 18th century French aristocracy on the other? When the former get caught having sex and taking drugs and such, they can say "what of it?" and that's the end of it, no consequences at all, hell they can become president later if they are so inclined. No...one...cares. Come to think of it, I think that was probably true with the French aristocracy too.
Rated 22 Apr 2010
80
44th
Very nice film.
Rated 30 Dec 2008
30
17th
I really hated this...
Rated 01 Aug 2009
31
22nd
Not bad I guess, but so fucking boring.
Rated 09 Sep 2011
59
34th
lol in a good way.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
60
58th
I had a really good time taking in the rich & nasty. Some hot kissing & swell costumes hide the awkward self concious feel. The ending is mixed, & i leave feeling mischievous, a real gulity pleasure.
Rated 27 May 2010
50
9th
Trashy, but fun
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
33rd
Has it's hot moments, but... a pretty iffy movie.
Rated 20 Jan 2009
10
15th
Being a broad, I don't use the "sexy women" blinders. Therefore, my review is pure...untainted. It blew. In the worst way possible. You're welcome men, for helping you see the light.
Rated 05 Sep 2009
80
45th
Placebo songs sexy bitch Buffy innocent Legally Blond bad bad boy Ryan Philip = Cruel Intentions
Rated 23 Oct 2009
85
78th
Delicious trash
Rated 22 Jul 2011
48
19th
Even in a slick package and an attractive cast, the movie succumbs to bad acting and a bad script.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
1
12th
It's like they cast every actor I can't stand and made a movie. Fuck.
Rated 18 Aug 2008
76
76th
Teenage sadism in slick and lovely MTV packaging. SMG's finest hour.
Rated 11 Apr 2019
58
32nd
I feel they could have covered much more with a solid premise. It was rather unsatisfying overall and that ending had my eyes rolling to the back of my head.
Rated 29 Mar 2015
49
19th
2.46/5

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