Body of Evidence
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A married attorney agrees to defend a woman accused of murdering her older, wealthy bed partner by doing a number on his heart, among other things, during a night of deviant sex. After the attorney himself indulges in a bit of S&M play with his client, he impresses the jury with sufficient doubt of her guilt and gets her off -- but that isn't the end of the film. Willem Dafoe and Madonna star in this erotic suspense feature.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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