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Sex and Death 101 Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
April 4, 2008
It's got the makings of a wicked little sex romp, but this dull, wordy comedy lacks visual punch and the laser-sharp satire that made the Waters-penned Heathers a mini-classic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 4, 2008
The 'Sex' in the title may entice the unwary, but what they will experience will come closer to the title's other noun.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 1, 2008
From the strange and implausible premise to the low-brow humor that dips into the Farrelly Brothers well at its lowest, this silly misguided comedy serves even less purpose than it does strong laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 1, 2008
It's nice to see The Facts of Life's Mindy Cohen working again, but crawling along in clunky, directionless fashion, Waters's pseudo-rom-com ultimately dies a slow death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Peikert
New York Press
April 2, 2008
Writer/director Waters has crafted a darkly funny look at the pursuit of sex, but he undermines his fairy tale story with a strange trio of omnipotent men who attempt to explain how the list was released.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 4, 2008
What a sorry reunion for Ryder and writer-director Daniel Waters, who scripted her far better dark comedy Heathers back in 1989.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 4, 2008
The screenwriter Daniel Waters has some funny films to his name, but Sex and Death 101 is not one of them.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
April 4, 2008
Why not simply admit this is cheeseball porn, assembled with a slightly higher brand of cheese and nuts?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 4, 2008
This film is headed quickly for DVD. In the video store, though, it isn't funny enough to be shelved in the comedy section nor dirty enough to be filed with the smut.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
April 4, 2008
One of the most pointless films ever made about sex or death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 2, 2008
Stupid monikers are just one symptom of a stultifying, overwritten cleverness that substitutes quirk for character.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 6, 2008
the monologues near the truly odd ending make you wonder whether Waters had an extreme fever when he was finishing up the script
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Heaven help a writer who turns a philanderer into a blank.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 1, 2008
There are a few sketchy laughs along the way but they never threaten the piece with such post-teen concerns as wit.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
April 4, 2008
Neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny.
April 4, 2008
Waters is trying to have his cake and eat it out too.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
April 4, 2008
Now we know how the dopes in the beer commercials spend their time when they are not drinking their beer. They laugh their socks off at movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 3, 2008
Despite two necrophilia gags, Sex and Death 101 feels like its feigning its misogyny, cynicism, and philosophical depth (though "karma sutra" is a great pun).
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 11, 2008
As a writer, Waters is best-known for creating Ryder's sharp black comedy, Heathers, and Bruce Willis' self-indulgent bomb, Hudson Hawk. As a director, he tends to waste actors, and he fails to establish a consistent comic tone.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
October 13, 2007
A promising concept is gradually run into the ground.
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