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Better Than Sex (2001)

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33

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

While visiting Sydney, Aussie wildlife photographer Josh meets Cin, a dressmaker, at a party just three days before he's to return to his job in London. During a shared taxi ride ripe with sexual tension, both Josh and Cin privately weigh the pros and cons of a one-night stand and come to the same conclusion--why not? Immediately, they hop into bed at Cin's studio and share a blissful night of sexual adventure that doesn't end the next morning. Josh and Cin soon find themselves enjoying an

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

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Jonathan Teplitzky

Jul 29, 2003

Samuel Goldwyn Films

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With remarkable grace, [Teplitzky's] actors balance the competing demands of candor and whimsy, and the result, while not unforgettable, is charming.

December 20, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Runs out of impulse and falls back on glibness.

December 7, 2001
Boston Globe
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At times, Better Than Sex feels like Last Tango in Paris, with all the grunting and animalistic behavior but none of the raison d'etre.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It could be funnier, sharper, more probing, but at its best it is sexy, and that's always something to celebrate.

November 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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The director and actors get away with this fluff thanks to the nimble, whimsical way it's played.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Continues for 84 minutes, short for a feature but too long for a commercial. And Mr. Teplitzky lacks the big-screen savvy to fill the surplus footage.

November 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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A paper-thin script that is by turns fatuous and emotionally fraudulent.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The bulk of the film rests squarely on its leads and both Porter and Wenham are winning and appealing.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Absurdly threadbare.....Supposed to be darling, of course, but it's mostly a stream of flat, pedestrian or nauseatingly cute talk.

November 10, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An irresistible Australian romantic comedy that celebrates the life-affirming magic of sexual pleasure.

November 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Writer/director Teplitsky has a great eye for detail and often manages to say a lot by saying very little.

November 4, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It doesn't quite live up to the title, but this little Australian import will leave you feeling satisfied.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

This is refreshing: a sex film that actually thinks that, for the most part, sex is good fun.

October 25, 2001
Los Angeles Daily News

They're a charming couple, and you don't mind watching them. Just don't expect insightful love revelations.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm
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When you come down to it, its hoary insights -- like 'men are slobs' and 'women can never decide what to wear on a date' -- have been the stuff of sitcoms since the seven words you couldn't say on television were taboo in movies as well.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Josh and Cin really are strangers, so their sudden entry through the gates of true love makes not a lick of sense.

October 25, 2001
New Times

Audience Reviews for Better Than Sex

The story of a one night stand turning into love. Rather amusing erotic comedy with a few very very true observations about sex, orgasms, boys and girls and how long it takes females to get ready to go out.
December 1, 2006
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A surprisingly good film that looks at the nature of intimacy between two people who have just met. Josh (David Wenham) is a nature photographer, visiting from England where he lives, who winds up in bed with Cin,(Susie Porter) who occasionally creates wedding dresses. They meet at a party and spend the next few days getting to know one another and beginning to share their thoughts and hopes and dreams and their past with one another. Over the course of time, we see them begin to really care about each other. The dialog is unforced and feels so natural, even when, documentary style, the characters are shown speaking to the camera. Rather than distracting, this viewer found the technique to be quite revealing and allowed the viewer to delve into their thought processes. It worked on every level for me. One begins to care deeply for the characters and where they are heading. Beautiful cinematography, a terrific set design and supporting characters who actually support the main story added up to one entertaining film with something to say, and that says it clearly. These are real people dealing with intimacy in an interesting way.
July 1, 2010
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


This movie was simple in plot line. An one-night stand that was expected to end, managed to build the characters with a mixture of feelings and sexual progression. It gave the feeling that it was a stage play. It had a few amusing weird scenes. I guess it was no blockbuster, but it was well-acted, well photographed, well scripted, and an interesting ending, and was warming, while succeeding in making you see the characters without seeing their appearance. Not bad.
August 2, 2009
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