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Sex Is Comedy Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Hollywood Reporter
February 16, 2005
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2004
Annoying, soporific and, despite its title, singularly humorless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 17, 2004
Reminds us what a vulnerable undertaking acting can be, and what an intimate, manipulative, caring and torturous act directing is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 10, 2004
If Breillat's aim is demystifying how passion and desire are simulated on-screen, then Sex Is Comedy is successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 3, 2004
Sex Is Comedy is not sure what it's really about, or how to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 3, 2004
A rigorous and bracingly charming movie about moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
December 2, 2004
Curious but small and lackluster film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 18, 2004
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.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 12, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 12, 2004
As usual with Breillat, not much happens outside the boudoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2004
This is amusing, and even poignant in the final moments. But Breillat just can't help herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
November 11, 2004
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 28, 2004
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 20, 2004
Sex Is Comedy offers us a window into the way Breillat works.
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 20, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 20, 2004
All of this might have made a really great short film. But at feature length, it is tedious self-indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 20, 2004
It's a sweet and light-hearted endeavor that shows Breillat isn't a one-trick pony.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 20, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 2004
Shows a beguiling aptitude for self-mockery in the pursuit of polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: B +
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 19, 2004
More intriguing than it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 12, 2004
The director is an irrepressible fount of complaints, theories, and lofty pronouncements.