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Awesome: 17.59%
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Average: 14.81%
Pretty Bad33.33%
Total Crap: 15.74%

6 reviews, 72 user ratings

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by Ryan Arthur

"If you tilt your head just right, you can see clear to Nebraska."
2 stars


I don't see what the big deal is about Sharon Stone. She looks anoerxic or something, and all she does in this movie is stand around, have an assload of sex, smoke, and flash an occasional vertical smile.

I was in high school when this movie came out, and everyone was clamoring to get in to see it. "You can see everything!"

You can see everything at 2:00 a.m., on HBO, for free. Plus, you have to see Michael Douglas' droopy butt in this, as he bangs away at some girl from behind. You go, Mike.

Basically, this is the movie that sort of revitalized (after movies like Fatal Attraction - again with Michael Douglas - and Sea Of Love) the whole sexual thriller deal. Lotsa sex, violence, and the occasional death. Too bad it's horribly overhyped.

Writer Joe Eszterhas tries to make a movie with twists and turns and enough sex to give you a coronary. Cop falls for heiress who may be a murderer. They have wild sex. Cop lusts after former lover. They have wild sex. And so on.


Textbook, by the numbers, with rough sex thrown in the mix to take your mind from the boredom of it all. If you can't see who the killer is from a mile away, then frankly, you're an idiot. And the way it's written is a cop-out: the answer as to who the killer is could be one of two possible suspects, and by the end of the movie, you couldn't really care anyway. It looks slick, but it's all show.

It's basically a little like Jagged Edge, and there's elements you'll see later on in Eszterhas' Jade. So you've got a writer who's whoring himself even more than his characters do.

Now Jeanne Tripplehorn, she's attractive.

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User Comments

4/30/19 Louise (the real one) Love your review, Slyder! Hate the film, of course ... 1 stars
1/02/19 Tina Klaeger The best sex scene is Michael Douglas fucking Jeanne Tripplehorn anally over a sofa. 5 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell lame dated lost its shock value 4 sure 1 stars
3/16/17 Louise (the real one) Over-hyped film - realised I couldn't remember a thing about it afterwards. 2 stars
8/24/12 edutra horrible 1 stars
10/22/11 john smith rubbish 1 stars
7/23/08 Renzo Boring as hell. Only woke up to see Sharon's pussy. 2 stars
7/20/08 Shaun Wallner This movie has some great scenes in it. 5 stars
6/13/07 al smith stone is so sexy needs it up the grinner 3 stars
5/29/07 hemant it is engrossing,entertaining till the end 5 stars
7/20/06 David Cohen If the gay community hadn't given it so much publicity, it would have died in the theaters 1 stars
5/17/06 missy it's ko but sum parts of it iz borning 2 stars
5/09/06 ravan dutt class 4 stars
2/20/06 chris f i love this film 5 stars
1/01/06 Jay_kar2004 my top 10 movie for nudity 5 stars
10/03/05 Master T Anyone who gives 5 stars to Pee Wee's Big Adventure or Star Trek 2 DOES NOT KNOW SH#T! 4 stars
9/19/05 tony a keeper! 4 stars
8/21/05 emx incredible 5 stars
5/25/05 ramana good 4 stars
3/27/05 indrid cold Not great overall, but my favorite twist ending of all time. 4 stars
3/02/05 Dr. Lecter Delightfully guilty-pleasure sleaze! 4 stars
11/18/04 chris like tearing off amazing looking packaging to reveal a rotten turd 2 stars
5/31/04 Daveman A very stylish and entertaining erotic thriller. Sharon Stone is a fabulous bitch! 4 stars
4/29/04 Earl Dandy eye candy,brain junk food 2 stars
3/23/04 Hitesh Naik Very Good Film 5 stars
3/14/04 rqss rqss 5 stars
1/22/04 randor guy good---made in indian ligos too! 4 stars
1/18/04 Monster W. Kung Slyder is absolutely right. This one is just pure mediocrity that didn't deserve attention. 2 stars
1/12/04 LIAM JACKSON i did not really like it when douglas fucked tripplehorn up the ass. 3 stars
11/29/03 john solid thriller despite the rather contrived script 4 stars
9/21/03 Darryl I like Michael Douglas okay, but he really should keep his pants up. He really should. 3 stars
7/01/03 AD well you got over the sex not much in it 3 stars
5/23/03 mr. Pink Oh come on! Stone is fucking great and it's great fun and exciting! Lighten up!! 5 stars
4/01/03 Lucy Very good and definately worth a look. People who say its crap have no taste. 5 stars
3/14/03 xyyyz fuck and fuck 4 stars
3/07/03 Jin Looking back it really was a piece of shit. Tries too hard to shock. 2 stars
1/11/03 Paul Coleman Flashy, glossy-looking trash, yet spellbinding from beginning to end. 4 stars
11/06/02 Daniel After "Fatal Attraction" (a great one) Michael D. should've retired the psycho-bitch genre. 1 stars
10/29/02 Charles Tatum Sexy and hot and stuff 4 stars
8/08/02 ! The Fuck Of The Century :) 4 stars
3/29/02 sam very nice 5 stars
2/28/02 Alan Smithee Worth seeing solely for Sharon Stone's scorchingly hot performance. 4 stars
11/26/01 Ali Good 1 stars
11/17/01 ss s 5 stars
11/04/01 werty sexy sharon 5 stars
8/20/01 Monster W. Kung Over-hyped and over-discussed for nothing. You know what? It's tiresome and uninteresting. 2 stars
8/10/01 E-Funk This movie is chock full of fuckin and violence...Loved it. 5 stars
7/29/01 Henry Ginsberg Sharon Stone is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fit . 5 stars
7/27/01 R.W. Welch Blatantly voyeuristic with a plot that doesn't really add up, but has a certain suspense. 3 stars
6/14/01 Terrie Smith Sharon Stone certainly makes the most of it; ending, however, is pretty dumb. 3 stars
6/08/01 Serial_Monk_the_Jawbreaker Starts out a smart, sexy, and sophisticated tale of intrigue but conclusion is too hokey 3 stars
2/23/01 Steve in Prague why is 13 year old ten critic ii reviewing this film?? ARE YOU A VIRGIN MY DEAR!?!?!? 1 stars
2/16/01 Ray McCoy Too much sex, not enough substance, the ending was SOOOO obvious 2 stars
2/15/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) The sex is anything but enticing. But the movie does have its share of kinky charm. 4 stars
2/14/01 christ good 3 stars
2/04/01 Avenger girl A good thriller, although a little slow but with some good intensity at times 4 stars
1/28/01 Speedy's mother sucks cocks in hell! awesome 5 stars
12/16/00 Speedy One of the most poorly written movies ever. 1 stars
11/24/00 Connoisseur Eric S., you suck! 5 stars
10/15/00 shotokan yürek 4 stars
4/29/00 my twat shite! 1 stars
2/10/00 Richard Wright Who cares about Stone's open leg antics, this is an underrated thriller with a good script 4 stars
1/14/00 Dr. D I msturbate to it 2 stars
12/25/99 Obi Wan One of the best thrillers yet!! 5 stars
12/05/99 Eric S. Just a softcore porn film to show off Sharon Stone and Jeanne Tripplehorn's bodies. 2 stars
6/01/99 little jerry Doesn't go far enough.Isn't it high time an A-list director went hardcore? 4 stars
5/08/99 Tim this movie is not all it was cracked up to be. At least you can see Sharon Stone nude 3 stars
1/27/99 Dirty Ol' Bastard DAMNiT FOLKS..can't we make a decent porno!? 4 stars
11/25/98 Mr.Pink Hitchcockian thriller in all the right ways! S. Stone will never top this. Verhoeven rules! 5 stars
9/06/98 Kid Pee-Pee Any movie where Sharon Stone's snatch is the high point must be total crap. Eszterhas sucks 2 stars
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