Poison Ivy
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The always challenging transition from adorable child performer to sexy adult star was achieved flamboyantly by actress Drew Barrymore with this erotic drama that unfolds like a paranoia-drenched Lolita (1962). Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert) is a misanthropic student at a private high school for children of the privileged. While calling in a phony bomb threat to the TV station where her father, Darryl (Tom Skerritt) is a producer, Sylvia attracts the attention of Ivy (Drew Barrymore). Ivy is an orphan from a poor family, attending the school on a scholarship. She and Sylvia quickly become best… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunate thesps take it all very seriously, while technical aspects are emptily polished."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Why settle for the usual walk around the exploitation block when Shea offers a wild ride with the top down into uncharted territory?"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Ambiguous and intriguing."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Shea's arty-trashy exploitation film is an amalgam of Fatal Attraction, Stepfather, and Pasolini's Teorema, in all of which the order of a middle-class is disrupted by a depraved interloper, if only the script were better"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If Drew Barrymore hadn't been so good at being bad, then this truly would have been bad. But luckily, she was good--and so it's decent. You got all that?"
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Drew Barrymore stars in a melodrama that borders on high-class kiddie porn."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"For the most part the actors' work seems incomplete because their characters are cut off before they can fully blossom."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Offbeat and compelling neo-noir."
‑ , Film4
"Sinsiter and savvy psychodrama"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"I'm still transfixed by little Gertie's devilish deeds!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Its willingness to take risks, and its insights into the frailties and confusions of teenage friendships, lift the film right out of the rut."
‑ , Time Out
"There is scarcely a moment in the movie when the story works as fiction; I was always aware of the casting, of the mood-setting devices, of the stylistic borrowings from Hitchcock."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Poison Ivy strikes a pleasing balance between emotion and ambiguity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sleazy teen thriller isn't as much fun as it should be"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Grab the calamine lotion, quick."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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