Body of Evidence
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Madonna plays Rebecca Carlson, a sex bomb who parades naked in front of the open windows of her houseboat at all hours while the lobstermen catch crabs. This entry in the Basic Instinct sweepstakes poses the question: If love hurts, does sex kill? The judge and jury certainly want to find out when Rebecca's latest conquest, a multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack while making love to her. Eight million dollars was bequeathed to Rebecca in his will, and District Attorney Robert Garrett (Joe Mantegna) is convinced that Rebecca, knowing that her rich lover had a weak heart, killed him… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

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"While he may be marginally better at directing kinky sex scenes than Instinct's Paul Verhoeven, [Edel is] stuck with a fairly ho-hum script by Brad Mirman."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A sluggish courtroom melodrama relieved only by unintenional laughter."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"There is little, if any, erotic chemistry between Dafoe and Madonna, and, as a result, their sex scenes look more like hard work than pleasure."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I'd rather eat my own liver than sit through this again"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Tries hard to be hot and steamy but ends up being lifeless and laughable."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A courtroom drama built around the charge that Madonna's body is a deadly weapon with which she 'fornicated' a man to death, this showcase for the singer-thesp as femme fatale is more silly than erotic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A bland, utterly silly, curiously provincial courtroom drama."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Another turkey from the queen of pop, and possibly the worst film on her CV of cinematic clunkers."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Film4
"The sour taste that Body left for [director] Edel is evident in his next, very different big screen feature: the children's fantasy The Little Vampire."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"A pale husk of a film."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Apollo Guide
"[There's] no tension."
‑ , Time Out
"What do you say about this kind of movie?"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"An erotic thriller that's strangely unerotic and devoid of thrills, this is, however, mercifully short at 100 minutes."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Empire Magazine
"Yet another failed effort at making Madonna a legit actress, in a preposterous thriller could be labeled Basic Stink."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mediocre erotic thriller trying to capture Basic Instinct success. Tries too hard, not really sexy, and certainly not mysterious."
‑ Fred Topel,
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