There is one genuinely provocative sequence: Manhattan book editor Carly Norris (Sharon Stone) enters a secret back room in the apartment of the stud (William Baldwin) she has been dating and discovers a wall of gleaming black-and-white surveillance monitors. For a few minutes, she is seduced into playing video voyeur; what she sees on those screens is so much more spontaneous and alive than anything else in Sliver that we’re grateful for the intrusion of disreputable ”reality,” anything to relieve the by-now moribund gamesmanship of the contemporary sex-thriller genre. Scene for scene, the movie isn’t incompetent – Phillip Noyce has directed it with smooth, gliding craftsmanship – yet it feels anonymous and benumbed. Although Stone holds the audience with her edgy control, there’s something naggingly remote about her.
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: William Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Sharon Stone, Colleen Camp, Martin Landau, Polly Walker; Director: Phillip Noyce; Author: Joe Eszterhas; Release Date Wide: 05/21/1993; Runtime (in minutes): 107; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted June 11 1993 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Dave Grohl's middle school fan letter to Ian MacKaye surfaces
- Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela documentary to air on A+E
- Inside U2's intimate, star-studded L.A. club show
- Hear Chance the Rapper on Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment's free debut
- Hannibal showrunner criticizes TV's rape scene epidemic
- Here's the 'Single Ladies' video set to the theme from 'DuckTales'
- George Clooney is not a fan of plastic surgery on men (or anyone really)