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Sex and Death 101 Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2008
There are a lot of laughs, good performances, and points for creativity.
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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
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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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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
April 4, 2008
Neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 4, 2008
Even if it badly needs editing, runs almost a half-hour too long and chickens out totally in its final scenes, it's still miles above the Hollywood comedy median.
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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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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2008
It has some seriously subversive ambitions, wanting to take that most popular of genres, the funny romantic romp, and turn it into a black comedy, stripping away the sweetness while keeping the laughs. Nice idea, bad execution, worse result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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 Anderson
Newsday
April 3, 2008
While S&D101 is not quite [Heathers], it's a return to something closer to the caustic wit of which [Daniel Waters] is capable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 2, 2008
The best thing that can be said about Sex and Death 101 is that it's not quite as bad as Hudson Hawk. That is not a recommendation.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 2, 2008
The film has its moments of wit and lucidity, but these are few and far between.
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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.