Box art for Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

drama, romance, thrillers


A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    71%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Language
4 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

Adultery-obsession thriller isn't for kids (or bunnies).

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the raw moments include intense (and, of course, adulterous) sex scenes early on, with kinky overtones since they occur in an elevator, on a kitchen sink, etc. Violence involves bloody suicide attempts, a killing, and an infamous traumatic moment with a pet found killed. There is a considerable amount of swearing. Not only does the "hero" cheat, but he also wants Alex to have an abortion. The common, theatrical version of Fatal Attraction carries an audience-selected ending that just treats Alex as a monster to be slain; look on the DVD and "special editions" for the filmmakers' trickier original ending, in which the traitorous hero pays more dearly for his philandering.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the messages in the film -- especially who is more at fault, the obsessed and dangerously deluded Alex, or Dan, who betrays his family by having an affair with her? What would one think of Dan if he had gotten away with his adulterous fling? Does Alex have a point about Dan being selfish?
  • Adultery isn't confined to movie characters. Even actors and entertainers have been unfaithful in their super-glamorous showbiz marriages (believe it or not). Talk about why this happens, and whatever happened to "for better or for worse?"
  • Ask kids if they know of situations like the one in the movie among their peers (Fatal Attraction clones like The Crush and Swimfan did indeed bring this plot to high-school environments). How would young viewers handle obsessive relationships?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    78%
    reviews counted: 14
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  • Audience

    71%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Big, fat, juicy suspense.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Close should take pride in her performance. She should also expect a depressing avalanche of scripts requiring a she-wacko.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting.

- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

5 stars

This was a really good movie. Great thriller film Glen Close's and Michael Douglas' performances were really good. :) Can watch this movie over and over. :) This is such a good thriller! :) I love this movie!!! :)

- movieguru12, Saturday, March 13, 2010

3 stars

While it's not exactly a great movie, seeing Glenn Close completely lose her mind is quite interesting to watch. In addition to that, there is the priceless bunny stew and a truly frightened Michael Douglas. It should be a warning for adultery, you can always end up with a crazy one.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3 stars

?and the term ?bunny boiler? was born! A film that everyone knows the storyline, even if they haven?t seen it. A good role for Glen Close, as you really do not offer any sympathy to her all the way through, she becomes the ultimate stalker and quite a hatred builds toward her character throughout the film. Certainly an 80?s film worth seeing, but is rather dated now.

- 76Majikat, Monday, August 10, 2009