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Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work) (2002)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 22

The title character is too self-absorbed to be all that engaging, and the movie's depiction of gender issues seems retrograde.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

The title character is too self-absorbed to be all that engaging, and the movie's depiction of gender issues seems retrograde.



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A woman who gives advice on relationships for a living is trying to make sense of her own problems with the opposite sex in this independent romantic comedy. Amy (Julie Davis) is a single woman in her mid-twenties who has recently published a self-help book called Why Love Doesn't Work, in which she discusses why a woman doesn't need a husband or a boyfriend to feel fulfilled. But Amy isn't so sure she believes her own advice, and after four years without a steady relationship, she wants a man


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Julie Davis

Dec 10, 2002

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (22) | DVD (7)

Davis' candid, archly funny and deeply authentic take on intimate relationships comes to fruition in her sophomore effort.

January 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite its many infuriating flaws -- not the least of which is Amy's self-absorbed personality -- Amy's O's honesty will win you over.

January 31, 2003
Miami Herald
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When compared to the usual, more somber festival entries, Davis' highly personal brand of romantic comedy is a tart, smart breath of fresh air that stands out from the pack even if the picture itself is somewhat problematic.

January 2, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The whole mess boils down to a transparently hypocritical work that feels as though it's trying to set the women's liberation movement back 20 years.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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About Amy's cuteness, Amy's career success (she's a best-selling writer of self-help books who can't help herself), and Amy's neuroses when it comes to men.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Like Kissing Jessica Stein, Amy's Orgasm has a key strength in its willingness to explore its principal characters with honesty, insight and humor.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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a nightmare date with a half-formed wit done a great disservice by a lack of critical distance and a sad trust in liberal arts college bumper sticker platitudes.

February 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

One of the most plain, unimaginative romantic comedies I've ever seen.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Julie Davis is the Kathie Lee Gifford of film directors, sadly proving once again ego doesn't always go hand in hand with talent.

November 27, 2002 Full Review
Bay Area Reporter

Davis is funny, charming and quirky in her feature film acting debut as Amy.

November 9, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan | Comment (1)
San Diego Metropolitan

Frankly, it's kind of insulting, both to men and women. And it's not that funny -- which is just generally insulting.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine


September 23, 2002 Full Review Source:

A movie that harps on media-constructed 'issues' like whether compromise is the death of self... this Orgasm [won't be an] exceedingly memorable one for most people.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Davis the performer is plenty fetching enough, but she needs to shake up the mix, and work in something that doesn't feel like a half-baked stand-up routine.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Davis ... is so enamored of her own creation that she can't see how insufferable the character is.

August 29, 2002
New Times

Feels familiar and tired.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Citysearch

A depressingly retrograde, 'post-feminist' romantic comedy that takes an astonishingly condescending attitude toward women.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Amy's O (Amy's Orgasm) (Why Love Doesn't Work)

Amy's O is an American indie comedy starring Julie Davis as Amy, author of a self-help novel titled "Why Love Doesn't Work", which has made her very successful and very rich.

Surprise, surprise, she meets a man and starts falling in love, thereby making her re-think her negative outlook on love. Along the way, Amy looks at her own sex and love life, often in obsessive detail, examining her own neurosis and other peoples hang-ups.

It's a very mediocre film - Julie Davis is fine enough, though a little grating after a while, but the supporting cast, including the love interest, are all pretty blah. The story is also completely unoriginal and the conclusion is horribly yucky and Hollywood-ish. To be honest, you'll get (a lot) more laughs, drama and insight out of any Sex & The City episode. I was pretty disappointed.
April 21, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Amy: I look normal, but like everyone else on this planet, I'm misguided, horny, and ultimately just a hopeless romantic looking to connect.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
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