From Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity to Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice to Jane Greer in Out of the Past to Kathleen Turner in Body Heat, the femme fatale is as juicy as a movie role gets. In The Last Seduction, one of the most interesting neo-noirs of the '90s, Linda Fiorentino makes a worthy addition to this pantheon. She's got all the sexiness, the braggadocio, the brains, and, most important, the answers. As expressed in her much-talked-about sex scenes, this character is pure dominatrix. . .with a subtle smile. This is clearly a role that Fiorentino sinks her teeth into, and she probably would have been nominated for an Oscar if the movie hadn't appeared on cable before its theatrical run, invalidating it for Academy selection. This was director John Dahl's third movie and third successful foray into modern-day film noir.
by Brendon Hanley review