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Original Sin (2001)

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

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

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

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 52,526

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
R (for strong sexual content and some violence)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Cristofer
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 26, 2002
Box Office:
$15.1M
Runtime:


Cast


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Critic Reviews for Original Sin

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.

Full Review… | August 9, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

The movie is all posture, cliché, and editing-room Spackle.

Full Review… | August 7, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

A textbook case of a movie that would have been better had it been worse.

Full Review… | August 6, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Cable fare masquerading as a theatrical feature because of its high-profile cast.

Full Review… | August 6, 2001
ReelViews
Top Critic

Suggests unintentional self-parody from the get-go.

August 3, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.

August 3, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

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]

Full Review… | July 5, 2011
Groucho Reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this movie was.

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
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 ...

Full Review… | December 21, 2001
Baseline.Hollywood.com

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

Full Review… | October 11, 2001
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2001
BBC.com

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
Cinenganos

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

Full Review… | August 31, 2001
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2001
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | August 24, 2001
Film Blather

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

Full Review… | August 23, 2001
Hollywood Report Card

A load of pretentious crap.

Full Review… | August 12, 2001
Jacksonville Film Journal

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

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2001
NUVO Newsweekly

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

Full Review… | August 8, 2001
BeatBoxBetty.com

Audience Reviews for Original Sin

it has one of the most passionate dialogue of lovemaking:

WHEN I'M WITH YOU, I'M SOMEONE ELSE...SOMEONE MORE LIKE MYSELF.

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dietmountaindew
Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is,is a con artist who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love...
starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie..

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♥Robyn M♥

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.

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superclerk25
Jason Spencer

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.

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danny d

Super Reviewer

Original Sin Quotes


Luis Antonio Vargas:
Love is for those people who believe in it.
– Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
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 (24 months ago)

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