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Basic Instinct


Paul Verhoeven

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About the Movie

San Francisco detective Nick Curran is investigating the murder of a once-celebrated rock star and he's made a few unsettling discoveries: a bloody ice pick, a white silk scarf tied to a bedpost and evidence of an otherwise romantic evening. As Nick digs into the case, he becomes entangled in a deadly affair involving three intriguing women, each with an unexpected motive for crime. Catherine Tramell is a fast-living novelist who's fictional murders have a strange way of coming true. Roxy is Catherine's street-wise provocative girlfriend. Dr Beth Garner is a police psychologist counselling Nick...

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 28
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Sharon Stone, in her first major-league role, comes on like a postfeminist Grace Kelly. She turns her haughty, slightly blank, cheerleader sexiness into something vampish and ominous -- an all-American beauty mask. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 25, 2013

Rotten: [The film has] a smug faith in the ability of its own speed, smartness and luxe to wow the yokels. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Mar 25, 2013

Rotten: 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. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Mar 25, 2013

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