...exceptionally well-crafted and immensely satisfying...
—Tim Knight Reel
...a taut noirish thriller that unfolds in a fever of firelit ambience.
—Joshua Land Village Voice
The Intended unintentionally gets lost in the, uh, jungle at times, but it's still a notable adventure.
Although phenomenally well-acted, the film's leisurely pace ultimately makes it feel as oppressive as the tropical heat and humidity that gradually turn the characters into slow-moving heaps of damp, dirty rags.
—Maitland McDonagh TV Guide
...a clanking melodrama rife with murder and suicide.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
...offers the perverse guilty pleasure of watching a roster of distinguished actors earnestly swimming against a tidal wave of silliness.
—Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times
Choking on its gothic, mosquito-infested atmosphere of heat-sick despair, The Intended is unintentionally risible from frame one to last.
—Scott Foundas LA Weekly