Fatal Attraction
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"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie. Dan (Michael Douglas) is a family man whose one-night affair with Alex (Glenn Close) turns into a nightmare when she insists on continuing the relationship, claiming to be carrying his baby. Alex systematically terrorizes Dan, even temporarily kidnapping his daughter, in her attempts to win back his affection. Douglas' besieged family man guiltily tries to preserve his marriage and family from the consequences of his own indiscretion.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Under the direction of Adrian Lyne, most of the picture's situations seem like randomly chosen place holders, flat events that just fill time until the final bizarre confrontation."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"While billed as a romance and a thriller, the film strictly qualifies as neither, appealing to our prurience, guilt, hatred, and dread."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Solid direction, ,thrilling set pieces, and an iconic performance from Glenn Close. It's a sleazy movie, but an extremely watchable one. The entertainment value for this one is very high."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"a pure film for adults, and it manages to walk a tightrope between reprehensible behavior and business as usual"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...remains a reasonably efficient thriller, building tension slowly and releasing it, if too melodramatically, at least excitingly."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"[The film brings] horror home to a place where the grownup moviegoer actually lives."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A predictable dog's dinner of Pavlovian thriller clichés, this will appeal strongly to those who think women should be kept on a short lead."
‑ , Time Out
"A crowd-pleasing sensationalist jejune romantic thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"has the makings of a serious examination of adult relationships and interactions under duress, only to end as a seriocomic slasher film dictated by popular taste."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"See website for more details."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
"The screws are tightened expertly in this suspenseful meller about a flipped-out femme who makes life hell for the married man who scorns her."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Years hence, it will be possible to pinpoint the exact moment that produced Fatal Attraction, Adrian Lyne's new romantic thriller, and the precise circumstances that made it a hit."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Adultery-obsession thriller isn't for kids (or bunnies)."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"An exceptionally well-written, well-acted and well-directed thriller that extends beyond the boundaries mainstream films typically set."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Big, fat, juicy suspense."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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