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Fatal Attraction

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Adrian Lyne

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Plot Summary

"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's 1987 movie. Dan (Michael Douglas) is a family man whose one-night affair with Alex (Glenn Close) turns into a nightmare when she insists on continuing the relationship, claiming to be carrying his baby. Alex systematically terrorizes Dan, even temporarily kidnapping his daughter, in her attempts to win back his affection. Douglas' besieged family man guiltily tries to preserve his marriage and family from the consequences of his own indiscretion. Close's performance as the love-struck psycho-siren remains her signature role: She conveys the buried feminist message of the film in her challenge to Dan to take responsibility for his sexual behavior. Though many critics acknowlegded the film's striking similarities to Clint Eastwood's 1971 film Play Misty for Me, Fatal Attraction spawned numerous other movies about middle-class families besieged by a lone psychotic intent on infiltrating and destroying the fabric of the family unit, including The Stepfather (1987), Pacific Heights (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Fear (1996).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Years hence, it will be possible to pinpoint the exact moment that produced Fatal Attraction, Adrian Lyne's new romantic thriller, and the precise circumstances that made it a hit. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: [The film brings] horror home to a place where the grownup moviegoer actually lives. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The screws are tightened expertly in this suspenseful meller about a flipped-out femme who makes life hell for the married man who scorns her. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Because the good things in the movie -- including the performances -- are so very good, it's a shame that the film's potential for greatness was so blatantly compromised. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Thrill Ride

They just don't make movies like this anymore. I seen this movie several years ago when it first came out and I loved it and still today I never grow tired of watching it. A guarntee classic.

Nothing Better

There is no movie so intriguing, suspenseful, well-scripted, and well-acted as this one from the eighties/ninetis. This movie sticks out in a long line of movies centering around the same plot point. Glenn Close is the most compelling stalker and the character actually makes you wonder what else is going on. The character of Dan is brilliantly one-sided with one throughline for the whole movie, and the story is told in a horrific, yet delightful way.

Excellent thrill ride and cautionary tale.

Any man thinking of cheating on his spouse should see this movie. This will scare the hell out of him. Glenn Close gives an incredible, bone chilling, spine tingling performance. She is one of those actresses that can give you a look and you'll still feel it months later. She does for the female psychopath what Anthony Perkins did for Norman Bates in Psycho. Her performance is a hard one to top. Michael Douglas is perfect as a man with typical flaws, trying to get past his fling and keep the psychopath from destroying his marriage. This movie is a classic and has all the suspense and then some.

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  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1987

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