Annoying, soporific and, despite its title, singularly humorless.
| Original Score: 1/4
Reminds us what a vulnerable undertaking acting can be, and what an intimate, manipulative, caring and torturous act directing is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If Breillat's aim is demystifying how passion and desire are simulated on-screen, then Sex Is Comedy is successful.
| Original Score: 3/4
In Jeanne's world, and Breillat's, filmed sex is no ordinary eye candy. For their characters, it's an admission of a dark, complicated interior life that only the bravest of actors, finally, can expose on screen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sex Is Comedy is not sure what it's really about, or how to get there.
A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking.
Curious but small and lackluster film.
| Original Score: 2/4
By Breillat's usually dire standards, this is practically a laff riot, and if you want to see her funniest, most accessible movie, this is the one to watch.
Breillat's first foray into comedy is playful, whip-smart and far breezier in both tone and look than the stylized gender polemics she's known for.
| Original Score: 4/5
As usual with Breillat, not much happens outside the boudoir.
| Original Score: 2/5
This is amusing, and even poignant in the final moments. But Breillat just can't help herself.
Those who are already in her camp will find much to feed on in this at once intellectualized and accessible, documentary-style peek inside the head of a passionately driven woman and artist.
There are insightful moments about the delicate relationships between a director and her cast, and about the mind games that go on both behind the camera and in front of it.
Sex Is Comedy offers us a window into the way Breillat works.
It's refreshing to see this side of Breillat, a self-reflective artist whose evident anger over the sexual state of the world doesn't entirely subsume her, or her humanity.
All of this might have made a really great short film. But at feature length, it is tedious self-indulgence.
It's a sweet and light-hearted endeavor that shows Breillat isn't a one-trick pony.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rather than delve into the clinical details of sexual desire and behavior, Catherine Breillat's reflects on what it means for a filmmaker to conduct such an inquiry.
| Original Score: 3/5
Shows a beguiling aptitude for self-mockery in the pursuit of polemic.
| Original Score: B +
More intriguing than it is entertaining.
The director is an irrepressible fount of complaints, theories, and lofty pronouncements.