Cruel Intentions
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In an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) are step-brother and step-sister living in Manhattan. With their absent parents travelling in Europe, the wealthy pair have the family penthouse to themselves as they while away their summer break before beginning senior year at a private high school. Sebastian, bad-boy lothario, has apparently slept with all the girls in town and appears numb to it all. Kathryn, who appears to be the good girl class president, is actually far more amoral… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's both depressing and impressive about Cruel Intentions is the profound misanthropy of its meaning."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"You sometimes have to giggle at this movie the way you do when you catch 4-year-olds playing dress-up in front of Mom's closet."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Dangerous Liaisons among rich NYC teens."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"In the end, the whole shebang comes off like a bunch of snotty, rich white kids screwing each other and screwing each other over."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The movie's cinematography, set design, and costume design are all extremely elegant, and the beautiful young actors are shown off to maximum effect, like expensively bred horses."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism. Kids these days!"
‑ B.J. Sigesmund, Newsweek
"It is maliciously entertaining, up to a point."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film's cheat ending aside, this arch, ridiculous movie heaves, sweats and steams, and for the most part, it delivers what its title promises."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"First-time helmer/writer Roger Kumble starts off on the right foot, but stumbles along the way."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Lascivious blackmailers and inveterate immoralists, these characters behave despicably, but the movie affects a tone of urbane detachment which puts sex in its proper perspective."
‑ , Time Out
"This is the filmic answer to a pack of Spice Girl cards."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Every bit of the original's nastiness is retained but none of its wit or elegance."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"[This] 'guilty pleasure' ends guilty of not living up to its potential."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Cruel Intentions is vapid and mean -- in a good way."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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