Fatal Attraction
Fatal Attraction (1987)

"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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 11, 1987
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A potboiler in the finest sense, Fatal Attraction is a sultry, juicy thriller that's hard to look away from once it gets going.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

While billed as a romance and a thriller, the film strictly qualifies as neither, appealing to our prurience, guilt, hatred, and dread.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

[The film brings] horror home to a place where the grownup moviegoer actually lives.

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Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A crowd-pleasing sensationalist jejune romantic thriller.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Adultery-obsession thriller isn't for kids (or bunnies).

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
A film of it's time maybe? For Me, it was an obvious thriller that had a predictable ending. Glenn Close has often shown she plays the psycho antagonist… More
Dean King
A classic thriller that set the standards on the stalker, obsessed ex, woman scorned after revenge genre. Quite raunchy for the time it was made. The tension… More
Alex roy
Fatal Attraction is a tense, taut and riveting drama thriller that has hints of the horror genre, but only suggests it. Instead, the film leaves you feel… More
Bethany Murphy
Glenn Close plays an obsessed and very fragile woman extremely well. The ending was magnificent and I think the whole film was well played out and the plot was… More
Nicki Marie
The only thing that ruins this personally is that I just couldn't buy Glenn Close as some hot woman. (Not that Michael Douglas is a catch himself quite… More
Aj V
The most intense thriller of the decade, an 80s classic! This is a romantic nightmare film, which is really quite unique, and the actors are brilliant. I… More

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