• R, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Daniel Waters
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 1, 2008
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment


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Sex and Death 101 Reviews

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Heaven help a writer who turns a philanderer into a blank.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Admittedly, it doesn't have many belly laughs, but if you're tuned into Waters' peculiar, highly intelligent comedy style it's a fascinating watch.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

July 17, 2008
Christopher Null

the monologues near the truly odd ending make you wonder whether Waters had an extreme fever when he was finishing up the script

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 6, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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As a writer, Waters is best-known for creating Ryder's sharp black comedy, Heathers, and Bruce Willis' self-indulgent bomb, Hudson Hawk. As a director, he tends to waste actors, and he fails to establish a consistent comic tone.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 11, 2008
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Sex and Death falls into the category of those unfortunate films in that it's a schoolboy's wet dream slathered in smug self-back patting and wish-fantasy run amok, all told with the deftness of a piano falling out of the sky and onto our heads.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

April 11, 2008
Brent Simon

A fun, sloppy treatment of a profound premise that, as a reunion project between Waters and Ryder, feels right.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

April 10, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There are a lot of laughs, good performances, and points for creativity.

April 7, 2008
Tony Medley

Now we know how the dopes in the beer commercials spend their time when they are not drinking their beer. They laugh their socks off at movies like this.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 1/10

April 4, 2008

Waters is trying to have his cake and eat it out too.

Full Review Source: UGO

April 4, 2008
Geoff Berkshire

One of the most pointless films ever made about sex or death.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 4, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's all a pretentious bore that feels twice as long as it's two-hour running time.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 4, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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Why not simply admit this is cheeseball porn, assembled with a slightly higher brand of cheese and nuts?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

April 4, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This film is headed quickly for DVD. In the video store, though, it isn't funny enough to be shelved in the comedy section nor dirty enough to be filed with the smut.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

April 4, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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What a sorry reunion for Ryder and writer-director Daniel Waters, who scripted her far better dark comedy Heathers back in 1989.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

April 4, 2008
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

The movie aims to be an unbridled sex farce, but the sex is never all that hot and the jokes are rarely all that funny.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film works hard to be a dark, grown up, romantic comedy (plenty of sex, nudity, bad language and philosophy) and yet it winds up being every bit as childish as most other pictures in the genre.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

The comedy grows more and more gratingly cynical and unpleasant.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 4, 2008
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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Neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 4, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
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Even if it badly needs editing, runs almost a half-hour too long and chickens out totally in its final scenes, it's still miles above the Hollywood comedy median.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 4, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The screenwriter Daniel Waters has some funny films to his name, but Sex and Death 101 is not one of them.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

April 4, 2008
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