Sex and the City (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sex and the City (2008)



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

Movie Info

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 since viewers last saw Carrie and company, though she's still involved with Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and completely consumed by her obsession for name-brand accessories. Meanwhile, Miranda is adjusting to married life and motherhood, Charlotte is still clinging to her dreams, and Samantha and handsome, steely eyed TV star Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) are now living together out in L.A. Of course, when the girls all come together, it's just like old times. Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson co-stars as Carrie's assistant. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Candace Bushnell, Candace Bushnell, Michael Patrick King
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2008
Box Office: $152.6M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Sarah Jessica Parker
as Carrie Bradshaw
Kim Cattrall
as Samantha Jones
Cynthia Nixon
as Miranda Hobbes
Kristin Davis
as Charlotte York-Golde...
Chris Noth
as Mr. Big/John James P...
David Eigenberg
as Steve Brady
Candice Bergen
as Enid Frick
Evan Handler
as Harry Goldenblatt
Jason Lewis
as Jerry 'Smith' Jerrod
Mario Cantone
as Anthony Marentino
Willie Garson
as Standford Blatch
Joanna Gleason
as Therapist
Joseph Pupo
as Brady Hobbes
Malcolm Gets
as Building Agent
Daphne Rubin-Vega
as Baby Voiced Woman
Alexandra Fong
as Lily York-Goldenblat...
Parker Fong
as Lily York-Goldenblat...
Polina Frantsena
as Twenty-Something Gir...
Kate Rockwell
as Twenty-Something Gir...
Amy Flanagan
as Twenty-Something Gir...
Celina Carvajal
as Twenty-Something Gir...
Amanda Setton
as Slapping Girl
Ching Vandes-Aran
as Real Estate Agent
Lorna Kelly
as Auctioneer
Patrick Demarchelier
as Vogue Fashion Photog...
Andre Leon Talley
as Vogue Executive
Plum Sykes
as Vogue Writer
Lawren Howell
as Vogue Fashion Editor
Gucci Westman
as Vogue Makeup Artist
Serge Normant
as Vogue Hairstylist
Mary Howard
as Vogue Set Dresser
Dave Bradford
as Flower Delivery Guy
Monica Mayhem
as Dante's Girl No.1
Ricky Aiello
as Angry Driver
Ricardo Molina
as Resort Worker
Annaleigh Ashford
as Spoiled Label Queen
Bridget Everett
as Drunk Party Girl
Peter Kim
as Business Guy
Suzanne Cryer
as Dog Rescue Woman
Henriette Mantel
as Activist No.1
Nancy Shayne
as Activist No.2
Kim Shaw
as Valentine's Night Wa...
Aricka Evans
as Dante's Girl No.2
Michelle Minjung Kim
as Dante's Girl No.3
Roxy Deville
as Dante's Girl No.5
Van Hughes
as Cater Waiter
Sara Gettelfinger
as Flight Attendant
Dreama Walker
as Upper East Side Wait...
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Critic Reviews for Sex and the City

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (47)

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2009

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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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.

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.

Daniel Perry

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.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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