Reviewed byKristine (email@example.com)Vote: 9/10
Cruel Intentions was my favorite movie when I was 14, to me it was everything I just wanted to be as a teen, despite how cruel and manipulative Katheryn was, I thought she was the coolest and strongest female character I'd ever seen on film. Now a couple years afterwards I read the book and saw the original Dangerous Liasons with John Malkovich and Glenn Close, I still very much enjoy Cruel Intentions. Like I said, this was just a terrific updated version of the ultimate story of love and betrayal, it was a little Dawson's Creek at times, but from what angle they went at, it was understandable. It had the biggest stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, Reese Withersppon, Tara Reid, Joshua Jackson, and Selma Blair. May I say they gave extremely impressive performances, but the best without a doubt goes to Sarah Michelle Gellar, she was just ultimately brilliant as Kathryn Muertiel, the cruelist girl in school who's goal isn't to be the most popular, but to dominate everyone's innocence. Kathryn and Sebastion are step brother and sister, they have a partnership together to work the school into a total wave of turning the most innocent into the most corrupted. They also have a love for each other, but Kathryn is the only girl Sebastian can't have, it kills him and she teases him constantly over it. Kathryn asks Sebastian if he could help her corrupt the girl that took her boyfriend, Cecil, a naive young girl who is under Kathryn's wing, but isn't aware of her intentions. But the plot thickens when Kathryn finds out that Cecil is in love with her black music teacher which her mother wouldn't like very much. Then Sebastian finds a girl, Annette, who believes that people shouldn't experience the act of love until they are in love. He and Kathryn make a bet while he seduces Cecil, that if he can corrupt Annette, he gets to bed Kathryn. But there's one problem, he might be in over his head when he starts to fall in love with Annette. Cruel Intentions is a great movie with good, strong performances. For what might have been a typical teen movie, this was just a good idea on where the director made decisions on how to make the story real. It's very romantic, heart breaking, and even has it's dark comedic moments for a little breath of air. I will always recommend this film to anyone, it's a great story. I would also highly recommend to watch Dangerous Liasons along with Cruel Intentions, so you have a little bit of a different variety. You'll find yourself a bit seduced with these movies. 9/10
Reviewed byBernardoLimaVote: 7/10/10
In this film wealthy prep school student Kathryn (Sarah MichelleGellar) bets her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) that he can'tdeflower the virginal Annette (Reese Witherspoon) before the schoolyear begins. If he fails to accomplish this task, Kathryn gets hisJaguar Roadster; if he succeeds, he gets an evening of pleasure withKathryn.
I just finished watching Cruel Intentions and what a pleasant surprisethis film turned out to be. I guess the best way to describe it is as asexy and seductive thriller. The film is very clever and bold but aboveall, extremely engaging and entertaining. Dealing with this kind ofsubject...making this kind of film...it's definitely not easy. Usuallythese kind of films come off somewhat "fake" and lame; corny, whateveryou want to call it. Thankfully, Cruel Intentions went the other way,probably thanks to the witty and sharp dialogue and a very gooddirection.
Ryan Phillippe delivered a terrific performance and so did ReeseWitherspoon. I was actually a bit disappointed with Sarah MichelleGellar, her acting was not very convincing at times to say the leastbut honestly, the story is so engaging that I was able to overlook thatflaw. Another aspect that really took me by surprise was the musicalscore. Cruel Intentions has one of the best soundtracks I have everseen in films. There's some great well known songs like Skunk Anansie's"secretly" and Placebo's "every me and every you", but there's alsosome fast paced instrumental tracks throughout the film that reallycompliment the scenes. Overall, a great watch and so much more then ateen film.
Reviewed bythe narratorVote: 6/10/10
This is one of those movies that you'll hate yourself for liking. It'sanother teen update of a classic story, in this case, Dangerous Liasons.Good acting, competent direction, nice cinematography, and an excellentsoundtrack make this one entertaining viewing. 6.5/10.
Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are seductive, manipulative step-siblings who get what they want when they want it. Kathryn makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must bed Annette, daughter of the headmaster at their school, before the end of summer break. Annette has stated that she would wait until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian's vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he'll never have. Also in play is Cecile, a na?ve girl whose mother had enlisted Kathryn to help her fit in at her new school. However, Kathryn (with Sebastian's help) plans to ruin Cecile's reputation as revenge on Kat's ex-boyfriend, who left her for Cecile.