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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Malicious
This is a Romantic Comedy of the very dark variety. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays one of the most wicked femme fatales (Kathryn) you will ever encounter on-screen. Reese Witherspoon portrays the typical all-American, virtuous midwestern girl (Annette). In between is a womanizer, Sebastian, played by Ryan Phillippe.
All of the characters in the movie are fabulously...
Published on December 21, 2003 by D. Roberts

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Liaisons lite
It's probably better if you haven't seen Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons (1989), starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, or Milos Forman's Valmont (1988) with Annette Bening, Colin Firth and Meg Tilly. If you have, Roger Kumble's Cruel Intentions (1999), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon, which is also based on...
Published on November 6, 2001 by Dennis Littrell


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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Malicious, December 21, 2003
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D. Roberts "Hadrian12" (Battle Creek, Michigan United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
This is a Romantic Comedy of the very dark variety. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays one of the most wicked femme fatales (Kathryn) you will ever encounter on-screen. Reese Witherspoon portrays the typical all-American, virtuous midwestern girl (Annette). In between is a womanizer, Sebastian, played by Ryan Phillippe.
All of the characters in the movie are fabulously wealthy, but more than a few are deficient when it comes to matters of the heart. People who enjoy eye candy will enjoy some of the sets of this movie - particularly the lavish indoor swimming pool @ the cottage.
Sebastian and Kathryn make a bet: can the suave playboy score on Annette? This, along with a web of insidious sub-plots form the core of the movie's plot. In each and every case, Kathryn and Sebastion outwit everyone else in the film in order to manipulate circumstances into their favor. Occasionally, they even dupe each other.
Over the course of the film, however, Sebastian's character begins to change, albeit slightly. Meanwhile, Kathryn remains the cold-hearted and sadistic wench she always was. It is a credit to the acting ability of Phillippe that the change in character becomes apparent and we're actually compelled to care for him by the end of the film.
To answer the $60,000 question on whether a sweet innocent girl can have a significant impact on a life-long playboy, watch the film. However, be prepared for one of the darkest comedies you will ever see. It's downright cruel - intentionally so.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars something new, April 15, 2000
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This review is from: Cruel Intentions [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Cruel Intentions is certainly not the usual bubblegum teenybopper movie--a fair warning: unless they are extremely open-minded and relaxed about sex, language, etc., don't rent this with your parents; whether they enjoy it or not, it will not be a comfortable experience for you. But aside from that, this is a very entertaining movie. Sarah Michelle Gellar expands her range playing a bitchy sort of anti-Buffy. Ryan Phillipe's acting style, sometimes called soulless and cold, fits his (originally) heartless character perfectly, and he has good chemistry with Reese Witherspoon (small wonder, since they are now married), who does very well in the role of the proud virgin. Selma Blair is hilariously naive and ridiculous, and Joshua Jackson, in a rather brief role, steals the few scenes he's in. If you're looking for something in the teen genre but not so fluffy as the usual crop, and if you're not easily offended, check this movie out. The only reason I gave it less than 5 stars (I'd give it a 4.5 rather than a 4) is Sebastian's (Phillipe's) transformation from lascivious jerk to tender loverboy is a bit too sudden--the metamorphosis would have been more believable if it had been more gradual, but this is a minor point and doesn't really hurt the film in any way.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Liaisons lite, November 6, 2001
This review is from: Cruel Intentions [VHS] (VHS Tape)
It's probably better if you haven't seen Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons (1989), starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, or Milos Forman's Valmont (1988) with Annette Bening, Colin Firth and Meg Tilly. If you have, Roger Kumble's Cruel Intentions (1999), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon, which is also based on the novel by the Frenchman Choderlos de Laclos, will seem to lack finesse. Kumble wrote his own screenplay as a kind of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in modern dress, whereas Frears and Forman relied more heavily upon the stage play by Christopher Hampton, depicting the aristocracy of 18th century France. While the two earlier movies sparkle with wit, insight and a cynicism to chill the fondest heart, Kumble's venture features a more prosaic brand of sexual humor adorned agreeably with young, nubile bodies.
But there is no need to make odious comparisons. Cruel Intentions can stand on its own, and there is plenty to admire, especially Gellar in a role to which she is perfectly suited, and Witherspoon as well. Phillippe is also good, especially when he's being funny, although his unconscious imitation of John Malkovich was a bit obsequious. He delivered some of his lines with the same deadpan expression and intonation. But being as pretty as he is, Phillippe's character is more like Colin Firth's. Selma Blair's narrow-eyed and dotty Cecile was pretty, sexy, and funnier than either Uma Thurman or Fairuza Balk, who played similar roles in the above mentioned movies, respectively.
The scene with the shrink to begin was very agreeable and should have been followed up somehow. We never see Sebastian quite so diabolical later on. Too bad. And seeing a little more of Swoosie Kurtz who played the self-centered, phony and hypocritical Dr. Regina Greenbaum would have enhanced the film.
The idea of making Sebastian and Kathryn step siblings was amusing and spicy, and the inclusion of a raunchy gay footballer was appropriate. Using a black guy as Cecile's harp teacher was kinky good. And being rather up-front about sex throughout without being overly juvenile was refreshing. The business with Sebastian Valmont's diary of conquests worked well both psychologically and as a plot device.
The main failing with Kumble's movie, aside from the general superficiality, was that Sebastian's "conquest" of Annette was a little too easy, especially with the goody-goody build-up she had been given. Consequently, her falling in love was more like a stumble. There was some physical passion, but nothing like the full-blown emotional passion required. Also I think the ending needed a little work. It seemed that a committee divined it, part of them wanting a "happy" love ending for Reese and Ryan, and the other half wanting to stay somewhat true to the spirit of the original, and so they came to a compromise, as committees will, and we got mishmash.
Incidentally, there is yet a fourth movie version of this tale, Dangerous Liaisons (1960), from French director Roger Vadim. I am looking forward to seeing it, if I can find a copy.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Intentions, February 24, 2000
This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
Cruel Intentions
This contemporary update of Les Liasons Dangerous (or something like that) sells itself as a teen movie but is in fact much more, and a hell of a lot better, than that. The basic premise is that spoilt teenager (Ryan Phillippe) makes a bet with his sister-in-law (Sarah Michelle Geller) to sleep with virgin Reese Witherspoon, but then he falls in love with her. But there is so much more to the film than this. The script is clever, the plot well structured and the production excellent, but over-riding this is the sheer quality of acting and the raw sexual overtones between the characters. All three of the leads are incredibly sexy, and the the sensual relationships between then (especially Phillippe and Gellar) are excellent. Controversial subjects (sexual awakening, homosexuality) are addressed simply and directly, and all of this without any real nudity or explicit sex scenes. But here is more to this than sex, as the romances play themselves out compellingly, with the actors creating realistic and emotive characters. A brilliant film all round.
8 out of 10.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars naughty, naughty, naughty, June 26, 2007
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Sarah Michelle Gellar playing the bad guy.....yummy. So used to her as the heroin and now to see her portray a sizzling and seductive character. In my eyes, she can do no wrong. And now, this tantalizing twisted flick hits the high-def arena, I jumped to see Gellar in all her glory. Sony's recent blu-ray releases are blessed with all the bells and whistles and spares no expense in providing them on dual-layer disks. The picture looks fabulous and included an uncompressed 5.1 PCM track to my listening pleasure. All I can say is, sit back and enjoy the ride.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite movies in the entire world, September 25, 1999
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This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
Don't ask any questions. Just buy this movie. It is one of the most entertaining, wickedly funny black comedies in film history. It's very dark, hilarious, and may even offend some people. But that is part of its magic. It challenges the viewer, but make no mistake about it: It is a great deal of fun...and evil. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a role so different than "Buffy" you won't believe it's her. She is a villainous, bulemic, coke-snorting bitch. You'll love to hate her. Selma Blair is adorable as the nerd who becomes the target of Gellar's wrath. Ryan Phillipe is dead-on as Gellar's stepbrother who wants more than anything on earth to bed her. And Reese Witherspoon is amazing as a young virgin who Phillipe bets Gellar that he can seduce. A vicious story full of backstabbing and...cruel intentions, but at the same time has a very sweet side. The ending is shocking, completely unpredictable, with a twisted sense of humor that lasts all the way even to the end. The directing is perfect and even more the soundtrack is amazing. Buy this album. From the opening song Every You and Every Me to Bittersweet Symphony, it sets the tone for the movie perfectly. Also, this DVD is great. Even though the menu is kind of boring, it has some great extras, including music videos and documentaries which really give a great deal of insight to the making of this most unusual film. Also, the extra scenes, unlike some other DVDs which are kind of stupid, actually add to the film and make you wonder how it would have affected the film's ending differently if they were left in. You'll be shocked, but some of these scenes may have drastically changed the film and even the character development. This is one of the very best movies ever made and it is my favorite. Don't walk...run to buy this movie and watch it over and over and over and over and over and...over....over.....
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy Intentions; Horrid Result, July 27, 2000
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This review is from: Cruel Intentions [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Hailed as the modern day version of "Dangerous Liaisons", "Cruel Intentions" failed miserably with audiences and critics alike for the hopes of a sleek, sensual update of the classic original. This was merely another teen movie, the only difference being that there are gratuitous sexual references and racy stunts by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in their infamous screen kiss, tongues and all. Yes, Ms. Buffy herself is quite a promiscuous deviate as Kathryn Merteuil (think Marquise de Merteuil, played by Glenn Close in the stunning original) in this movie, licking her cocaine spoon and gambling with her high-standing reputation as an irrefutably sound and urbane young lady. Then there's Ryan Phillippe as the lead male, Sebastian Valmont (John Malkovich's role as the self-absorbed Vicomte de Valmont), made immediate family of Kathryn by their parents' marriage. He is a blue-blooded spoiled brat who effortlessly takes advantage of younger impressionable girls and flicks them to the curb with nary a regret. He is a charming cad, charting his territory carefully and fooling everyone with his innocuous and well-mannered guise.
Kathryn's and Sebastian's relationship with each other is not quite close to platonic, being that their slight sexual attraction to one another gives the audience the willies. However, they soon make a deal, show their civility in a firm handshake and begin to conspire like brother and sister. This is where the premise of the story begins and it starts with the souring of a doe-eyed ingenue named Cecile Caldwell (de Volanges - Uma Thurman's naive portrayal), played by underground talent Selma Blair. Cecile is a gullible youngster whom Sebastian easily seduces and drags on his invisible chain of habitual deception, only to lose his prospect to another indecent and illusory connoisseur.
Sebastian's truly immoral prowess doesn't surface until Kathryn picks his seemingly unobtainable goal: a young virgin named Annette Hargrove (the equivalent to Michelle Pfeiffer's Madame de Tourvel). A firm believer in abstinence before marriage with a nationally published essay to prove it, Annette arrives in town visiting relatives and rooming in their lush mansion whilst Sebastian prowls her chambers, working his black magic to rob her of her only virtue. She proves at first to be resilient and opposing to his magnetic appeal, but like all silly girls, eventually falls prey to his false pretenses. In obtaining the trophy of the contest, Sebastian realizes he's not going for the gold anymore but honestly loving Annette instead. In the end, his pride overwhelms his desire to confess his true feelings. Not only does he suffer the agony of defeat, but ultimately he loses what matters most.
The only thing I find redeeming about this movie is its hip soundtrack, featuring artists like Blur, Counting Crows, The Verve, and Skunk Anansie. It blends a great deal of talented artists in the alternative genre, giving this immature film a cool, stylish flow. I also enjoyed watching Joshua Jackson ham it up as the flaming gay acquaintance Blaine Tuttle, prodding a macho, closet-gay boyfriend who insists to his college buddies that he's straight as an ironing board. Well, a straight stick is crooked in the water, and so is the vision for this film on all sides of the mirror, especially in the department of direction. Roger Kumble was obviously masterminding with a pre-pubescent slant when he cast this film because both female leads are nearly adolescent in their appearance, highly attractive and visibly well-endowed. There is also no realism involved in any action of this movie and it's highly suggestive of what he thinks teens crave for an ultimate fantasy lifestyle. Sure, I wouldn't mind owning a '56 Jaguar Roadster, but this film is unrealistic in the way it makes its characters seem superhuman and overly mature. Nobody that age acts like that and never will. It's just not palpable.
If you want an honest and true version of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' with class and sensibility, then opt for Malkovich, Pfeiffer and Close. You definetely won't be smirking when you watch some real adult actors work the camera.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie, October 2, 2004
This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
This is my favourtite movie of all time. Cruel Intentions is a movie about seduction and betrayal. We have Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Mertueil, step brother and sister who are bored rich kids living in the city, they also specialise int he above mentioned qualities. Sebastian is a bit of a lady's man and is getting bored of seducing and sleeping with the same kinda girls. He wants a challenge. So Kathryn bets him he cannot seduce the new headmasters daughter (Anette Hargrove, Resse Witherspoon) at school, who also happens to be a virgin and is firm on her stance to wait for love before losing it. The rules of the bet are if Kathryn wins she gets Sebastians hot car, if Sebastian wins he gets to sleep with Kathryn, when Sebastian asks "why would i go for that bet?" Kathryn sums it up by saying "Because im the only person you cant have and it kills you". So with the rules in place and the clock ticking Sebastian sets off on his mission. The only obstacle is falling in love. This movie is exetremely entertaining, the music, setting and acting is all excellent, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillipe excel as the seductive siblings and Resse Witherspoon is also great as the innocent Anette. The soundtrack to the film is also stunning, the music is mellow and complements the film perfectly. Overall a real classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Genre, October 24, 2002
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This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
Yeah, it's a take off of Dangerous Liasions, but with snappy dialogue, a young, but extremely talented cast, and a plausibility that's frightening. Headed by Gellar, Witherspoon and Phillipe, this is an extremely well-plotted psychological movie that demonstrates people at their most base and manipulative, but it's also frothy and fun.
The biggest surprise for viewers here may be Gellar's viper-like performance (no surprise to those who watched her in her AMC days). This is not Bufffy, and it shows what a phenomenal talent Gellar is. Witherspoon is cast as the virgin/ingenue, but her superior ability keeps you from resenting her or rolling your eyes. Phillipe is perfectly-cast as the charmingly devilish rogue. Great supporting work from Selma Blair and Christine Baranski complete the cast.
Bottom line, this is a fun and stylish psychological thriller with an ending that doesn't wrap everything up into a pretty bow, but does offer more than satisfying resolutions.
Recommended for Gellar's performance, a witty script and yet another reason to regard Witherspoon as the greatest actress of her generation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rose among thorns..., July 6, 2005
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perfecto (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cruel Intentions (DVD)
I have to be honest, I usually hate teen movies. I find their premise normally shallow and I am usually left unentertained. But surprisingly, I found that I was pinching myself several times while watching this movie because it is unbelievably good. It seems that this was actually a remake of another movie. I don't know if Cruel Intentions lived up to that movie, but one thing I do know...I really enjoyed it.

The story revolves around two siblings, Sebastian and his stepsister Kathryn. Kathryn is the very definition of a two-headed snake. She's prim and proper on one side, and a total b*tch on another. Sebastian meanwhile, is an open book. The whole world knows he's one charming jerk. Together, the two create havoc among their peers. They backstab and sweet-talk their way to getting things done for their own satisfaction. Kathryn proposes a new challenge for Sebastian, that he's to bed Annette, the new principal's daughter/virgin of the school. Sebastian of course, ends up falling in love with Annette, but will they end up together? Throw in some secondary characters, some plot twists and the result is a whole lotta fun.

A big part of why I enjoyed this show is definitely the cast. Sarah Michelle Gellar does a complete 180 degrees for her role of Kathryn. It was like the Buffy we knew was never there. She is so deliciously evil, manipulating everybody around her, twisting and turning facts to her advantage. Ryan Phillippe initially plays Sebastian cool as a cucumber, but ends up with feelings of pain and torment to reflect what his character is going through. Although it's not an Oscar-worthy performance, heck...it's really convincing and doesn't seem fake or pre-conceived. Reese Witherspoon plays Annette with spunk and the whole "women power" aura...the reluctant lover. Even the supporting cast, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson and Sean Patrick Thomas were a delight to watch. I guess, it's because they play such different characters than what they're accustomed to play.

The script is also better than most teen garbage Hollywood throws at us. It stays away from the Land of Predictability, the plot twists were believable and the end was a stunner. Trust me, not your typical ending. And the music selection was also impressive, it gave the movie that extra feel.

In short, I really liked this movie. It's not groundbreaking, but it does stand out. I have since watched this movie at least 5 times, and never tire of it. Definitely recommended!
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