Cruel Intentions (1999)
Critic Consensus: This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions.
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as Sebastian Valmont
as Kathryn Merteuil
as Annette Hargrove
as Cecile Caldwell
as Helen Rosemond
as Blaine Tuttle
as Ronald Clifford
as Greg McConnell
as Marci Greenbaum
as Dr. Greenbaum
as Bunny Caldwell
as Mrs. Michalak
as Mrs. Sugarman
as Court Reynolds
as Meter Maid
as Headmaster Hargrove
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Cruel Intentions is a stretch for all concerned, including the targeted audience, one that pays off handsomely--and works for older moviegoers as well.
At this infantile level of appraisal, I suspect that Ms. Gellar and Mr. Phillippe may have a harder time next summer than last.
Our fascination with this tale has always derived from its cool portrayal of utter amorality, which Kumble and his cast nicely energize with their heedless, youthful intensity.
The misbegotten Cruel Intentions serves up great glittering gobs of cheap, without the thrills.
It's easy to see why the director thought his Cliff Notes approach to literature would work.
Audience Reviews for Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions is a pretty interesting teen drama comedy. I wasn't sure about wanting to see it, however I finally did, and was surprised. The film has a good enough cast that keeps the material working, and the cast deliver some good performances. The film is both funny and demented and at times dramatic, and the film is fairly underrated. The film is of course not perfect, but for what it is, it manages to be a good, entertaining hour and a half. What made this film worth watching was Selma Blair as Cecile; she definitely gave the funniest performance of all. Sarah Michelle Gellar was great as Kathryn. She really gave a cruel, uncaring performance, and she definitely delivered in that respect. Cruel Intentions is a well made teen film that is much better than one might think. The film is funny, and has a good cast at hand. I enjoyed many of the cast here, and I thought they each brought something special to the screen. There are things that could've been done better, but for what it is, Cruel Intentions works well enough to keep you interested and entertained, sure the film at times is so-so, but there are plenty of good things going on-screen to enjoy. This is a different and refreshing type of teen comedy/drama film, and like I said, I didn't expect to like it. The cast make this film watchable, and add to that a pretty clever script, and you have a good little film. There are plenty of good, memorable moments on-screen, with plenty of funny bits. An underrated film.
Captured our imaginations when we were teenagers.
Heartbreaking! Exceptional acting from all the cast. One of my all time favourite films!
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