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Sex and the City (2008)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 175
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 88

Sex and the City loses steam in the transition to the big screen, but will still thrill fans of the show.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 21

Sex and the City loses steam in the transition to the big screen, but will still thrill fans of the show.



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The hit cable series Sex and the City catwalks its way onto the big screen in this feature-film continuation that fans all over have been clamoring for. Sarah Jessica Parker returns once again as Carrie Bradshaw, the style-maven journalist whose romantic exploits were the key focus of the show. Also reprising their roles are Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon, with the series' executive producer Michael Patrick King taking on writing and directing duties. Several years have passed


Comedy, Romance

Michael Patrick King

Sep 23, 2008


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All Critics (177) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (88) | DVD (4)

...'Yes,' she said. 'It's Star Trek for women.'...

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source:
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This celebration with Carrie & Co. — very much television writ large — seems precisely the Sex and the City reunion the show's fans had hoped for.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source:
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I walked into the theatre hoping for a nice evening and came out as a hard-line Marxist, my head a whirl of closets, delusions, and blunt-clawed cattiness. All the film lacks is a subtitle: The Lying, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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Why get the band back together if you're not going to add some new songs to the greatest hits?

June 2, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Learning and hugging. There's lots of that here â" woman to woman and man to woman â" which satisfies the movie's fantasy fulfillment of both amity and eros.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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It's just that there's been an altitude adjustment -- fewer stilettos, more flats. Ask what women want of a chick flick and one answer may be this -- a pleasant reunion with cherished friends. Ask what women deserve and the answer is better.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (9)
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The ladies settle into the doldrums of marriage and their antics are reduced to a detached series of scenes that involve sulking, yearning or just plain indulging.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

Ultimately, it's this streak of realism that prevents Sex And The City from becoming just another fluffy New York fairytale.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

As amigas de Sex and the City estão entre as criaturas da ficção mais repulsivas que já conheci: fúteis, estúpidas, egoístas e entediantes. Além disso, isto não é um filme, é um catálogo.

May 26, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Ono sto je u tridesetominutnoj epizodi moglo proći kao vrckavi drustveni komentar u dva i pol sata se pretvorilo u praznu ljusturu.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

The movie Sex and the City is a heady female fantasy -- I think. I tried to snuggle up to Sex and the City, but the attempt to snuggle for two hours and 20 minutes is in itself a fantasy. Like many typical men, I'm afraid I fell asleep.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

The behemoth 145-minute running time for this lightweight romantic comedy is unforgivable, and that's only the first of this movie's problems.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Reliving the fantasy lush life.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

I went in rooting for SATC with everything I had, and it left me a bit disappointed.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Wouldn't it be redundant to describe the self-indulgent big-screen adaptation as similarly vapid, pointless, and poorly acted as the popular HBO show upon which it is based?

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Cinerina invites her first guest reviewer, Melanie Treco. See full review for details.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comment (1)

What does that say when a self-admitted narcissist receives such a following? In playing the victim card so often, Sarah Jessica Parker's character is one of the most unlikable characters I've seen in a long time.

July 7, 2008 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Was this bonbon to the show's fans, four years after the "happily ever after" series finale, really necessary?

June 27, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

Plays like nothing more than a marathon viewing of an entire seventh season that should have never been made.

June 24, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

To its credit, though, the movie turns Carrie's value system, which equates "the two Ls--Labels and Love," to its advantage, and in the second half the movie achieves a nice balance between comedy and drama.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (6)

It's too bad that the false sense of high heel empowerment never registers as soundly as our resident money-styling maidens look to achieve in this beleaguered City.

June 16, 2008 Full Review
Movie Eye

Sex and the City is not a painful experience for men (or even guys), just a predictable one...

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Comment (1)
IGN Movies

Somewhere along the line, the movie version of Sex and the City got too much Botox injected into the script, and all the life was ironed out of it.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's nice to see these women again, because they are all rich and complex characters, but it's basically a sentimental exercise, designed for maximum cash flow before the idea is retired.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

I spent most of the film's 148 minutes just wanting to slap these women because I grew weary of their whining.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Sex and the City

The girls are back together 4 years after the TV series. There's lots of drama - wedding, affair, baby. Lots of fab shoes and clothes. Makes you appreciate your loved ones and friends. Even if you haven't seen the TV series it is still a great movie about love, labels and friendships. Good cast and plot. I'd marry Big for that closet! Charlotte is my favourite character and her daughter Lily is adorable.
December 30, 2012
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Before talking about the film itself, some understanding of the HBO series is required. There is not a hope in hell that this film could stand on its own. When the TV show was good, it was as good as anything on TV, but when it was bad, it was as bad as anything.

In the good, I classify the moments that made me think, and in the series' early years, I thought a lot. But as the series wound down its sixth and final season, it had changed. It had gone from the story of four relationship anti-heroes to a soap opera. Charlotte ran out of storyline after Season 3, when she left Trey and married Harry. The will-they-or-won't-they Carrie-and-Big story wore out well before the series ended. Even sexaholic Samantha settled down in the end, surviving a brush with breast cancer and moving in with her boy toy. The only storyline that was still compelling, in the end, was Miranda and Steve, in my opinion, because it was the most honest. It kind of stole the series away from now-Executive Producer Carrie Bradshaw... I mean, Sarah Jessica Parker...

So, what's left in the movie? Obviously, wedding bells for Carrie and Big. Charlotte and Harry have given up on conceiving, but there might be a surprise in the works; Steve breaches Miranda's trust and puts their marriage on the rocks; and Samantha is exiled to California with her lover Smith Jerrod, whose acting career is taking off.

Other than the Miranda-and-Steve storyline, the film gives fans more of the same sap from the final seasons, with none of the spunk the early episodes provided. At a butt-numbing two-and-a-half hours long, you'd expect more than Charlotte's dilemma of whether or not to run while she's pregnant... or yet another commitment-phobic Carrie and Big meltdown... or several minutes of shrieking hellos each of the many times Samantha returns to New York...

Broken into half-hours, you could consider the film a short-season story arc, like five bonus episodes; as a feature film, however, it's hard to get through in one sitting. It effectively closes the loop on the story that came to dominate the series, but with that focus, the richness of the gals' contrasting sex lives is completely lost.

Then again, as one mega-fan interviewed before the premiere of the reportedly worse second SatC film put it, "Of course I'm happy. I get to see all my friends again!" My girlfriend maintains that films like this shouldn't even be reviiewed, because they aren't meant to be treated as equals. They're cash-ins for the fans to get excited about, and watch communally, critics be damned. To a point, I agree... but if you're paying the same price to see this as you would any other movie, it should be as good as what you would've spent the money on instead. It's not. A shorter, less-indulgent film would've been better, but Sex and the City wasn't talking to the average moviegoer. This film is strictly for the fans.
January 18, 2012

Super Reviewer

Not sure a movie was needed but it's cool to see all the glamour on the big screen. I think it's just a little too long for a chick-flick.
November 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not a bad light entertainment for fans of the show, but what's the point if just about every episode in the series is better and WAY shorter?
February 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Samantha Jones: First not smoking in bars, whats next, no fucking in bars?
    – Submitted by Irina F (2 years ago)
    1. Carrie Bradshaw: My Zen teacher also said the only way to true happiness is to live in the moment and not be worried about the future.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Carrie Bradshaw: So what are we going to do? Sit around bars sipping cosmos and sleeping with strangers when we're eighty?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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