Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy (1992)

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)… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 8, 1992
DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Unfortunate thesps take it all very seriously, while technical aspects are emptily polished.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Why settle for the usual walk around the exploitation block when Shea offers a wild ride with the top down into uncharted territory?

Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Ambiguous and intriguing.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Drew Barrymore stars in a melodrama that borders on high-class kiddie porn.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

For the most part the actors' work seems incomplete because their characters are cut off before they can fully blossom.

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Offbeat and compelling neo-noir.

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Time Out

Its willingness to take risks, and its insights into the frailties and confusions of teenage friendships, lift the film right out of the rut.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

Poison Ivy strikes a pleasing balance between emotion and ambiguity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is like a modern version of Lolita. Barrymore does a fantastic job of being the erotic femme fatale. I really loved this movie, it's thrilling and… More
Cassie Hill
retarded, disgusting,and gross. SPARE YOURSELF FROM THIS MOVIE
Tim Salmons
Not really that great.
Dean McKenna
Drew Barrymore makes a heck of an impact in a very adult role as Ivy, a sleazy teen who is taken in by a wealthy family.
Cassandra Maples
Poison Ivy is a good teenage drama movie, starring Sara Gilbert and Drew Barrymore, who both give great performances here. Barrymore plays Ivy a young and wild… More
Jason Spencer
Basic movie about a girl who seduces and lies. It's ok but a pretty plain movie with characters that little to no morals.