Sliver (1993) - Drama, Thriller

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A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets.

IMDB: 5.1
Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Sharon Stone, William Baldwin
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 80 found boring (13.75%)

One-line Reviews (44)

I found that core concept (which I can't really discuss due to spoilers) compelling and unique.

One scene totally without potency, one could say boring, was the Gym scene.

If the sight of Sharon Stone and William Baldwin gyrating their way through a series of long and drawn-out sex scenes is appealing, then I'd recommend SLIVER, one in a wave of erotic thrillers that populated the mid-1990s in the wake of BASIC INSTINCT.

Awful, boring, and plotless .

Very intriguing movie with Stone moving into an apartment where a number a strange deaths have occured and and no one knows whose doing it.

It's obvious that this was a studio set-up hack with Ira Levin's competent, engaging (though far from his best) suspenser vivisected down to the frame in order to be filled out as the next "Sharon Stone sexpot vehicle.

I highly recommend it.

All of the main characters seem to be either sex addicts, perverts or impotent men, and this provides an opening for too many boring and unnecessary sex scenes.

First, the movie was based on a novel by Ira Levin, who wrote "Rosemary's Baby" years ago, about a bunch of weird witches in a kinky New York apartment building and several unexpected deaths in the building.

After the first five minutes of the movie, it quickly gets very boring as it's a thriller with thrills that are few and far between.

I thought it was entertaining and I had forgotten who the bad guy was anyway, so the film was still a surprise for me.

it is worth watching after all just to see how Stone was coping with massive success of Basic instinct which led her to make the wrong choice because she was under pressure to stay the Hollywood sex symbol .

But it does remain entertaining and the film is easy on the eyes.

After Basic Instinct, many expected at least an erotic sequel instead of a dull and uninspired rip off.

In sum: don't waste your time.

Cheap and dull follow up to Basic Instinct with voyeur angle.

Tom Berenger is fantastically entertaining.

The acting, if not bad, is really bland.

But I still enjoyed it.

I call it a grey movie: it's neither exciting nor thrilling enough for a thriller.

We the audience are given 2 suspects who we believe may have been responsible for the fall Tom Berenger a kinda intense writer and William Baldwin a perverted horny landlord of the apartment who watches his tenants on television films.

Good music, stylish photography, intriguing ideas can not compensate for a script full of holes, and an unsatisfying ending (which was re-shot for an allegedly even poorer original ending).

The interiors and exteriors are simply breathtaking, as so are the cinematography of the city.

" Read the book and buy Sliver's AWESOME soundtrack, but don't waste your money on this crap.

Trouble is, it's also crippled with such a bad script (sticking rigidly to the Joe Eszterhas formula) that falls into the usual trap of being neither erotic or thrilling.

Undoubtedly, all of Sliver's thrills can be seen in the trailer set to the suspenseful score Jerry Goldsmith wrote for Basic Instinct.

There was indeed a lot of confusion throughout the movie which makes you wonder what happens next and maybe lay down a bet to predict the end of the movie.

Eszterhas, more concerned with attracting the sex-crazed audience of BASIC INSTINCT, unfortunately concentrates more on the kinky and frankly boring subplot involving voyeurism.

It's a scary, sexy, and suspenseful thriller that will hold your attention from beginning to end, with an ending that will take you by surprise so much, you'll still be thinking about it once the credits are over, even though it ends abruptly.

Someone said that the eroticism lies over the absence or the unreachable of the desired object; in this story, this happen while the male character spies on Sharon Stone while she is on her own intimacy; but when the things get in person the plot is forced in the movie trying to make it more suspenseful; and then, the film falls in the common place.

A scary, sexy, suspenseful thriller .

all in all the director had the chance of a life time to make a great classic thriller where people would think twice before they do anything because someone might be watching , but instead he went after cheap sex scenes and a predictable plot.

Joe Eszterhas's disappointing script is exploitative and empty, and after reshooting the abrupt and changeable ending (that changed the killer's identity), it's still in need of another rewrite.

This is about a bunch of perverts in a kinky New York apartment building and several unexpected deaths in the building.

I liked it, I've seen it a few times and it's still entertaining to watch.

Dull, Tawdry, and Stupid...

Then follows the tedious attempts at the eroticism it advertises and desperately trying to create mystery, thrills and drama but the plot just witters into boring romps and dirty talk and tries to rush the drama back in.

A very predictable end once you are through to the last forty minutes of the movie.

This is an entertaining thriller, quite erotic in parts as Sharon Stone's movies often are.

People for years have told me that this film is torrid and boring, weak and heavy handled, and so on and so on.

I found Ira Levin's novel Sliver to be very enjoyable in which the protagonist(s) are much more likable and intelligent.

The talents of CCH Pounder and Martin Landau also end up wasted in favour of dull, slightly wooden turns from Stone (who displays none of the charm and allure she essayed in BASIC INSTINCT) and a sweaty, unpleasant Baldwin.

In terms of telling a compelling, entertaining story, I would say it is far better than movies like Hereafter and on par with a movie like the Adjustment Bureau (just two recent movies I could think to compare it to).

It's too drawn-out with dull scenes that don't really convey a story well.