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A witty, raunchy comedy, which proves that a well-written piece of business – oozing with sex, wit and nasty intrigue – works for any generation.
The dirtiest-minded American movie in recent memory -- and an honestly corrupt entertaining picture is never anything to sneeze at.
Chicago Sun-Times
It crash-lands with an ending of soppy moralizing, but until the end, it's smart and merciless in the tradition of the original story.
The darkly comic tone is often just right, and the casting occasionally pays off.
You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism.
Chicago Reader
Neither the characters nor the events are exactly the same as those of the novel, but some of the same spirit comes across.
Entertainment Weekly
Never shocks or even offends by ascribing fully adult cruelties and erotic activities to obnoxious kids; such harshness wouldn't flatter a cast this moussed and magazine-layout-ready.
Chicago Tribune
As Cruel Intentions progresses, you may come to realize that if a bomb suddenly blew up everyone on screen, you wouldn't particularly miss anyone.
It's fun, but the blatant, obvious kind that mistakes allusive cool for mature filmmaking and subtle ideasmanship.
Rolling Stone
It's not the trite talk that sends Cruel Intentions into a tailspin, it's the lightweight casting.

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