Critic Reviews

  • 80
    One reason Wild Things works so well is that director John McNaughton sustains a darkly comic tone throughout the film without letting it degenerate into farce.
  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    It's like a three-way collision between a softcore sex film, a soap opera and a B-grade noir. I liked it.
  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    The fun of Wild Things -- and there's a lot of it -- is in its never-ending game of cross and double cross.
  • 60
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times
    Predicated on two ideas -- that human nature is rife with perfidy and that it's important to get the cast into hot cars or bathing suits whenever possible -- Mr. McNaughton and the cinematographer Jeffrey L. Kimball (''Top Gun,'' ''True Romance'') give a decadent gloss to this far-fetched, quintuple-crossing tale.
  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
    Contains extremely graphic sex and many twists that are unpredictable but not very compelling.
  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews
    This is film noir for the MTV generation: fast-paced, slick, flashy, gleefully mindless, and hollow to the core.
  • 30
    New York Magazine (Vulture)
    Wild Things, which was written by Stephen Peters and directed by John McNaughton, lacks fantasy and flamboyance, that it lacks, precisely, wild things, and that most of it is just flat.
  • 25
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    This picture breaks through the limits and goes way beyond the pale -- it seems to enjoy irking us for the sheer hell of it.
  • 20
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
    Despite the cast -- Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Theresa Russell, Robert Wagner, and Bill Murray -- I found it preposterous.
  • 10
    Dallas Observer
    Wild Things reaches such dizzying heights of wretched dialogue, creaky contrivances, and panting performances, you're forced to wonder if the filmmakers realized how bad their script was and switched gears into pure camp at some point during the shoot.