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Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) Reviews

Jonathan Holland
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March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Perhaps our confusion is part of the whole idea, but Sex and Lucia would have a lot more impact if there were someone to give a damn about.

| Original Score: C+

November 7, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a thoughtful film that forces its characters and its viewers to wrestle with the difference between great sex and true intimacy.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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While it's being the told, the story of Sex And Lucia is sufficiently seductive to keep you from noticing the holes forming in its universe.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It's a hall of mirrors, this flick -- every one of them pretentious.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What distinguishes Julio Medem's humid, magic-realist eroticon from the average soft-core fare is its writer-director's playful interest in storytelling as a form of sexual sublimation and release.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2002

Arizona Republic
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August 24, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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A lot rides on coincidence. Or fate. Or the magic pull of the moon. It all makes sense in the end.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

August 23, 2002
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Unfortunately, the plot becomes such a puzzle that the central characters lose their urgency and the movie overstays its welcome.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

August 16, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Medem may have disrobed most of the cast, leaving their bodies exposed, but the plot remains as guarded as a virgin with a chastity belt. That's why Sex and Lucia is so alluring.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2002
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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While the final picture may not be quite as grand as expected upon completion, the individual pieces remain strikingly beautiful.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

August 8, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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I would be shocked if there was actually one correct interpretation, but that shouldn't make the movie or the discussion any less enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 2, 2002
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Pretty darn good, despite its smarty-pants aura.

July 26, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Between bedroom scenes, viewers may find themselves wishing they could roll over and take a nap.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

July 26, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Half-baked ponderings on the nature of fiction and reality.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Medem] likes to toy with the mind of the audience, and he's good at it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Medem packs it with so much stunning, wildly colorful imagery -- and so much sex -- that it transfixes you even when you're not quite sure what's going on.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite his self-consciously obscure plot mechanics, Medem keeps you off-balance and intrigued.

July 14, 2002
John Anderson
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An erotic but muddled marriage of fact and fiction, love and memory.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Sexy but pretentious melodrama.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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I found myself more appreciative of what the director was trying to do than of what he had actually done.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 11, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The kind of trifle that date nights were invented for.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Vega is a real find.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 11, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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An adept mood maker, Medem strains madly for cosmic alliances, fairy-tale imagery, and fated coincidences, but he triumphs only with two hot bodies, a cluttered apartment, and a Shower Massage.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 2002
Mike D'Angelo
Time Out New York
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So ridiculously overstuffed with rhymes, symbols, metaphors and mystical coincidences that you frequently feel as if you shouldn't be watching it so much as graphing it.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 39/100

July 9, 2002
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