Fatal Instinct
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Fatal Instinct is an Airplane-style spoof of the late-'80s, early-'90s cycle of erotic crime thrillers. Setting the plot in motion is a kinky murder. Armand Assante plays the cop assigned to the case; he's also the prosecuting attorney; the "Sharon Stone" part is essayed by Sean Young. A dash of Body Heat is thrown in the pot as Assante's wife Kate Nelligan plots her hubby's demise. Tony Randall has a bit as a judge, while the film's semi-mocking jazz score is provided by Clarence Clemmons -- who shows up on screen to toot his sax at various crucial plot… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

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"The filmmakers have provided critics ample artillery by prominently featuring a skunk in this thuddingly flat spoof of erotic thrillers."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Small jokes are buried under elaborate setups. Sight gags are repeated to the point of exhaustion."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A continuously ineffective parody picture..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Many jokes cracked me up."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Mostly lame and not particularly funny."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It's a real pity, because Reiner has certainly been funnier and more inventive on other outings and Sherilyn Fenn makes a winsome gal Friday."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Maybe you'll be in the right mood and like this stuff. It looks good, and the actors are several notches above the usual parody cast in ability. And yet..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Naturally the film pokes fun at the conventions of the film medium as well, but the routines are endlessly protracted."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...not as edgy as a spoof of hard-nosed crime dramas ought to be."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"There are some laughs in Fatal Instinct. But there are an awful lot of dead spots in between."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A collection of gags that vary much too wildly in terms of timing and wit."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Lacking in both inspiration and ingenuity, it doesn't so much spoof the conventions of the genre as dumb down famous -- and in some cases, forgotten -- scenes from a slew of other movies."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Click to read review"
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Scattershot thriller spoof, but Assante's performance is really amusing. Carl Reiner's done (a lot) better."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The result is pretty much what you expect: some really dumb stuff that will make you laugh and a lot that won't."
‑ Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
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