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85

Metascore

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100
The New York Times
A devilishly entertaining crime story with a heroine who must be seen to be believed, is as satisfying an ensemble piece as "Red Rock West." [26 October 1994, p. C13]
100
Chicago Sun-Times
A movie that is not only ingenious and entertaining, but liberating, because we can sense the story isn't going to be twisted into conformity with some stupid formula.
100
Directed with playful wit and energy, with steamy sex scenes played as much for laughs as anything else.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Legs flashing and eyes smouldering and brain scintillating, Fiorentino serves up each facet with venomous glee - it's a performance that mixes a main course of Bette Davis with a side order of La Femme Nikita, and it's mesmerizing.
90
Variety
Pacing is on the button, and the film moves inexorably, without any flat moments, toward the suspenseful, if morally indefensible, finale.
80
A steely neo-noir thriller with a nasty comic veneer.
80
Chicago Reader
Unlike the classic noirs, this is grounded in neither a recognizable social reality nor a metaphysical sense of doom--just a lot of sexy attitude, humping, and heavy breathing.
78
Austin Chronicle
A carefully constructed thriller whose clever dialogue keeps pace with its fascinating lead actress.
75
ReelViews
Director John Dahl has fun with this material, filming the modern-day noir potboiler with such gusto that it's impossible not to fall under its spell.
70
A dark, expertly contrived display of paranoid nastiness; it's so gleefully mean that only the most tender-hearted viewer could resist going along for the ride.

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