(1998)

Critic Reviews

52

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80
Salon.com
One reason Wild Things works so well is that director John McNaughton sustains a darkly comic tone throughout the film without letting it degenerate into farce.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
It's like a three-way collision between a softcore sex film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir. I liked it.
67
Austin Chronicle
The fun of Wild Things -- and there's a lot of it -- is in its never-ending game of cross and double cross.
60
Predicated on two ideas -- that human nature is rife with perfidy and that it's important to get the cast into hot cars or bathing suits whenever possible -- Mr. McNaughton and the cinematographer Jeffrey L. Kimball (''Top Gun,'' ''True Romance'') give a decadent gloss to this far-fetched, quintuple-crossing tale.
50
Christian Science Monitor
Contains extremely graphic sex and many twists that are unpredictable but not very compelling.
38
ReelViews
This is film noir for the MTV generation: fast-paced, slick, flashy, gleefully mindless, and hollow to the core.
30
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Wild Things, which was written by Stephen Peters and directed by John McNaughton, lacks fantasy and flamboyance, that it lacks, precisely, wild things, and that most of it is just flat.
25
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
This picture breaks through the limits and goes way beyond the pale -- it seems to enjoy irking us for the sheer hell of it.
20
Chicago Reader
Despite the cast -- Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Theresa Russell, Robert Wagner, and Bill Murray -- I found it preposterous.
10
Dallas Observer
Wild Things reaches such dizzying heights of wretched dialogue, creaky contrivances, and panting performances, you're forced to wonder if the filmmakers realized how bad their script was and switched gears into pure camp at some point during the shoot.

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