Original Sin Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 9, 2001
High on lust and low on logic, the preposterous Original Sin is an erotic thriller that evokes more laughs than sweat.
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Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2001
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 7, 2001
The movie is all posture, cliché, and editing-room Spackle.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 6, 2001
A textbook case of a movie that would have been better had it been worse.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 6, 2001
Cable fare masquerading as a theatrical feature because of its high-profile cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 3, 2001
Suggests unintentional self-parody from the get-go.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
August 3, 2001
Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 3, 2001
Original Sin is really about murky storytelling, bad dialogue and arty close-ups of Jolie's formidable lips.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2001
Neither epochal nor epic in its ludicrousness. It's just run-of-the-mill trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 3, 2001
The kind of movie that keeps you on your toes waiting for the next deadly serious absurdity.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2001
Cristofer's approach is relentlessly serious and dead-on, devoid of humor, wit or personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 3, 2001
It is never moving or shocking. It needs to be both.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 3, 2001
It's your basic, steamy black widow tale with one of the most implausible set-ups in memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2001
A plateful of steamed corn.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2001
Loses its nerve and instead of maintaining its theme of obsession, it starts piling up absurd complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 3, 2001
Original Sin, despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 3, 2001
Cristofer sabotages his movie by killing most of the suspense and robbing it of logic.
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Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2001
The combination of a smoldering Banderas and a simmering Jolie generates as much heat as a 40-watt bulb.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2001
It's an exuberant example of what it is -- a bodice-ripping murder 'meller' -- and at that it gets a passing grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 3, 2001
It's hard to keep a straight face just thinking of Mr. Banderas and Ms. Jolie in the same shot, but Original Sin will bore the giggles right out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 2, 2001
We haven't had this much tawdry fun since Pia Zadora and Bo Derek's heydays.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 2, 2001
The film aspires to Hitchcock ... but it comes off like one of those soft-core Red Shoe Diaries flicks you see on cable TV.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
August 2, 2001
The script rambles between airy pomposities ... and atrocious ribaldries.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 2, 2001
If it had more panache, it would tumble into the infamous so-bad-it's-good category, but that's too positive a label for this sad-sack saga.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2001
Banderas' and Jolie's characters are not recognizably human. They are engineered to fit the mechanics of plot.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2001
Watching Banderas and Jolie rolling around ... you find yourself thinking about Melanie and Billy Bob, Zorro and Lara Croft, and, ultimately, Access Hollywood.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 2, 2001
The actors have so little chemistry delivering tired dialogue that the sluggish direction by Michael Cristofer ... is merely the final insult.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2001
[Cristofer] gets the look of art but not the pulse.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 2, 2001
It's both overripe and juiceless.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
July 30, 2001
Lavish and florid, the corny venture falls into so-bad- it's-good territory.