Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated Paul Verhoeven (Elle) mystery-thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

A violent, suspended police detective (Douglas) investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman (Stone) could be involved.

1992Rating: R18+, Medium level sex scenes, Violence127 minsFrance, USA
DramaMysteryThriller

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Basic Instinct / Reviews

Variety

Variety

This erotically charged thriller about the search for an ice-pick murderer in San Francisco rivets attention through its sleek style, attractive cast doing and thinking kinky things, and story, which is as weirdly implausible as it is intensely visceral.

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Time Out

Time Out

...if you like things unrestrained, hard, adult and off-the-rails, then Douglas and Stone are superb, and George Dzundza (as sidekick Gus) delivers another classic hard-boiled cameo.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

These actors seem driven less by real emotions than Eveready bunny batteries.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Basic Instinct transfers Mr. Verhoeven's flair for action-oriented material to the realm of Hitchcockian intrigue, and the results are viscerally effective even when they don't make sense.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Verhoeven's cinematic wet dream delivers the goods, especially when Sharon Stone struts on with enough come-on carnality to singe the screen.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it's just a worthless scrap with the spaces filled in.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Basic Instinct is a reminder of the difference between exhilaration and exhaustion, between tension and hysteria, between eroticism and exhibitionism. The line may be fine, but it is real enough to separate the great thrillers from the also-rans.

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