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Original Sin (2001)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 80

Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 28

Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.



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A noir mystery set in the exotic world of Cuba in the late 1800s. Luis Antonio Vargas, a wealthy coffee merchant, arranges a marriage through the mail but discovers that the woman who arrives to share his house is an imposter with an eye on his fortune. When he arrives at the docks to meet Julia Russell, he is amazed to find that she is not the simple woman he was expecting. Though happier than he ever imagined, the surprises continue until the story takes a fateful turn. This is the story about


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Michael Cristofer

Mar 26, 2002


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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (80) | DVD (20)

High on lust and low on logic, the preposterous Original Sin is an erotic thriller that evokes more laughs than sweat.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The movie is all posture, cliché, and editing-room Spackle.

August 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A textbook case of a movie that would have been better had it been worse.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Cable fare masquerading as a theatrical feature because of its high-profile cast.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Suggests unintentional self-parody from the get-go.

August 3, 2001
Washington Post
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Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.

August 3, 2001
Washington Post
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Though written and directed by a Pulitzer Prize winner, Original Sin is better known as the picture in which a naked Angelina Jolie (by then a certified Oscar winner) and Antonio Banderas do the horizontal mambo. [Blu-ray]

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this movie was.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Um melodrama que tenta esconder sua vulgaridade atrás de uma aura de falso refinamento.

May 30, 2002
Cinema em Cena

...the only sin committed was by the filmmakers producing the movie in the first place.

March 31, 2002
Movie Metropolis

What we have here is simply an erotic thriller with so many melodramatic turns, it eventually becomes laughable.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Cristofer takes liberties with the novel's downbeat ending and tacks on a happily ever after coda that seems more in keeping with something made under the studio system ...

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

A ridiculous story about how far people will go to maintain possession of an especially phenomenal f**k.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source:

The only sin committed here is the cardinal one of boring us to tears.

September 24, 2001 Full Review Source:

El candente verano nos trae en su cierre a Angelina Jolie y Antonio Banderas en una película con la promesa de una fuerte carga erótica ...

September 4, 2001

Recycled sin, more like it, but preposterously entertaining nonetheless.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Begs one major question: How the hell does writer-director Michael Cristofer keep getting work?

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While itis sultry, steamy and shameless, it is not, unfortunately, really good.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

While some scenes are splendidly produced, Banderas and Jolie lighting the screen with danger and amore; others fall flat.

August 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

A load of pretentious crap.

August 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Jacksonville Film Journal
Jacksonville Film Journal

As they engage in open-mouth kissing, they smack loudly like a couple of preschoolers woofing down greasy hamburgers.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

It quickly plunges us into darkness as far as sense and logic are concerned.

August 9, 2001
New Times

The movie is entertainingly bad.

August 8, 2001 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

Well, if you're going for a good story, I'd say save your cashola.

August 8, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Original Sin

it has one of the most passionate dialogue of lovemaking:

May 14, 2011
Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

The story idea was interesting but the movie was pretty slow. There was a little too much skin in the flick for me. It seemed that all the relationships in the movie were based all on the sexual aspect.
I wanted to like the flick as I like both of the main characters but it really wasn't for me.
December 1, 2007

Super Reviewer

this was one of the films that helped put jolie on the map. she was great because she always is, and the story had slight moments where it was interesting, but ultimately it wasnt that good. a little smutty so to speak.
December 1, 2007
danny d

Super Reviewer

    1. Luis Antonio Vargas: Love is for those people who believe in it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (6 months ago)
    1. Luis Antonio Vargas: And perhaps later on I will tell you the story of how we came to be here. It is an interesting tale. Some of it is even true. But for now, I can say that from the moment I saw her, I loved her. And no matter the price, you cannot walk away from love.
    – Submitted by Larry M (23 months ago)
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