Better Than Sex (2001)



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While visiting Sydney, Aussie wildlife photographer Josh meets Cin, a dressmaker, at a party just three days before he's to return to his job in London. During a shared taxi ride ripe with sexual tension, both Josh and Cin privately weigh the pros and cons of a one-night stand and come to the same conclusion--why not? Immediately, they hop into bed at Cin's studio and share a blissful night of sexual adventure that doesn't end the next morning. Josh and Cin soon find themselves enjoying an intense three days of nonstop sex and talk. As they get to know each other ever more intimately, the two strangers begin to wonder whether what they are experiencing is something even better than sex--could this be love?
R (for some violence and language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Samuel Goldwyn Films


Kris McQuade
as Taxi Driver
Jason Chong
as Guy D
Harry Bragg
as Old Man
Pauline Anderson
as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for Better Than Sex

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

With remarkable grace, [Teplitzky's] actors balance the competing demands of candor and whimsy, and the result, while not unforgettable, is charming.

December 20, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Runs out of impulse and falls back on glibness.

December 7, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

At times, Better Than Sex feels like Last Tango in Paris, with all the grunting and animalistic behavior but none of the raison d'etre.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It could be funnier, sharper, more probing, but at its best it is sexy, and that's always something to celebrate.

Full Review… | November 10, 2001
Top Critic

The director and actors get away with this fluff thanks to the nimble, whimsical way it's played.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Continues for 84 minutes, short for a feature but too long for a commercial. And Mr. Teplitzky lacks the big-screen savvy to fill the surplus footage.

November 8, 2001
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Better Than Sex

Soft core porn movie about two people who think they know what they're getting into and end up falling for each other. An eye-opening look at sexual relationships and the mating game. Commentary from the couples' friends is a nice touch.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

A surprisingly good film that looks at the nature of intimacy between two people who have just met. Josh (David Wenham) is a nature photographer, visiting from England where he lives, who winds up in bed with Cin,(Susie Porter) who occasionally creates wedding dresses. They meet at a party and spend the next few days getting to know one another and beginning to share their thoughts and hopes and dreams and their past with one another. Over the course of time, we see them begin to really care about each other. The dialog is unforced and feels so natural, even when, documentary style, the characters are shown speaking to the camera. Rather than distracting, this viewer found the technique to be quite revealing and allowed the viewer to delve into their thought processes. It worked on every level for me. One begins to care deeply for the characters and where they are heading. Beautiful cinematography, a terrific set design and supporting characters who actually support the main story added up to one entertaining film with something to say, and that says it clearly. These are real people dealing with intimacy in an interesting way.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This movie was simple in plot line. An one-night stand that was expected to end, managed to build the characters with a mixture of feelings and sexual progression. It gave the feeling that it was a stage play. It had a few amusing weird scenes. I guess it was no blockbuster, but it was well-acted, well photographed, well scripted, and an interesting ending, and was warming, while succeeding in making you see the characters without seeing their appearance. Not bad.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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