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Sex and the City Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
February 2, 2009
...'Yes,' she said. 'It's Star Trek for women.'...
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
June 2, 2008
This celebration with Carrie & Co. — very much television writ large — seems precisely the Sex and the City reunion the show's fans had hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 2, 2008
I walked into the theatre hoping for a nice evening and came out as a hard-line Marxist, my head a whirl of closets, delusions, and blunt-clawed cattiness. All the film lacks is a subtitle: The Lying, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 2, 2008
Why get the band back together if you're not going to add some new songs to the greatest hits?
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 30, 2008
Learning and hugging. There's lots of that here " woman to woman and man to woman " which satisfies the movie's fantasy fulfillment of both amity and eros.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2008
It's just that there's been an altitude adjustment -- fewer stilettos, more flats. Ask what women want of a chick flick and one answer may be this -- a pleasant reunion with cherished friends. Ask what women deserve and the answer is better.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 30, 2008
For those who'd like some substance in a movie pushing 2 1/2 hours, though, it's gratifying to report that this Sex is more than just a fan dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 30, 2008
The show was at its best when it offered, without a great deal of extraneous examination, these glimpses into the nature of friendships between women. The movie needs more of that.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 30, 2008
An absurd joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 30, 2008
They're all over 40 now, and writer/director Michael Patrick King deftly balances their hard-won wisdom with the wistful dreams they still share. At the same time, there's plenty of fun to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 30, 2008
More disappointment than joyful reunion, a tedious and desperately drawn-out affair that tests your patience even as it brazenly courts (and often earns) your contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2008
A vision of which doesn't require its characters being frozen in amber after a fairy tale ending and allows life to go on, happily and unconventionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bobby Hankinson
Houston Chronicle
May 30, 2008
The film is by no means a masterpiece, but it's a worthy exercise in indulgence that won't disappoint the cosmo-swilling core audience. And fans won't need to swill any cosmos to enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Bornstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 30, 2008
If Sex and the City is a hit, it will be partly because it's an enjoyable and somewhat true depiction of female friendship. But grown women will also go to see it because, finally, someone made a movie for them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 30, 2008
There were a lot of very funny moments in this film. I almost cried.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 30, 2008
As gender-segregated experiences go, SATC is preferable to, say, that idiotic beefcake epic 300. The amusing thing about SATC is that it objectifies men in much the same way that most male-oriented movies objectify women.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2008
I hate, loathe and despise -- sorry to mince my words -- the movie based on the TV show.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 30, 2008
A lot different from, say, watching several SATC episodes on DVD in succession as if gobbling fudge brownies. That may be OK for the living room, but in a multiplex, you just want things to move along already.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 30, 2008
There is something depressingly stunted about this movie; something desperate too.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 29, 2008
The movie's initially brisk pacing slackens when the girls spend a holiday in Mexico that's long enough for them to cycle through an entire resort-wear collection.
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Genevieve Koski
AV Club
May 29, 2008
Ultimately, Sex And The City serves as a glitter-laced love letter to its fans, which is really all it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2008
In both its TV and movie incarnations, the empty materialism and sincere longing for love always manage to cancel each other out, leaving behind nothing but what this started out as -- a sitcom.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2008
The movie, scripted and directed by series veteran Michael Patrick King, caters to viewers nostalgic for the Emmy-winning show while pushing forward into feature film territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 29, 2008
time ticks by easily like a lazy TV marathon, a humbler achievement than demanded by a diva flick that's as self-congratulatory as Indy across the multiplex
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 2008
Frothy as a Margarita and just as salty, Sex and the City all but mambos its way onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 29, 2008
I am not the person to review this movie. Perhaps you will enjoy a review from someone who disqualifies himself at the outset, doesn't much like most of the characters and is bored by their bubble-brained conversations.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 29, 2008
If it all feels a mite perfunctory, a mite trite and a little dated (the girls haven't heard of the New Frugality?), Sex and the City still manages to be a hymn to hotness, hipness and haute couture, one its fans can happily sing along with.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 29, 2008
After staggering around a bit at the beginning it settles down and finds its groove. It's appropriately flashy, nicely naughty and wholly improbable, just as it's supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 29, 2008
Fans rejoice: It's good. And smart. And funny.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 29, 2008
Judged by the standards of its original medium, the movie version succeeds just as well, cramming what used to take a whole season into a nearly 2 1/2 -hour marathon of men, misery and Manolos.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 29, 2008
Sex and the City: The Movie is no great shakes as a movie, but it doesn't have to be. What it does have to be is a happy revisit to a land its fans know well, and on that level it works very well.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 29, 2008
The movie is just like a half-season of the series -- a funny, sappy, clumsy, crude, rambunctious, argumentative, gleefully vulgar attempt to balance the fantasy of romance with the reality that the fantasy is impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 29, 2008
From the running time to the plot development for each character, which grows to beating-a-dead-horse lengths in at least a couple of cases, the whole thing would have been better served by holding back a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 29, 2008
King fails to grasp what he once understood: When times are hard, you don't cry poverty. You step on the gas and give the audience a show.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 28, 2008
Fans of Sex and the City will love the movie version.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 28, 2008
For those who do not consider themselves to be among the Sex and the City faithful, this is a painful experience, perhaps the longest 148 minutes likely to be spent in a movie theater this year. Watching grass grow is more dramatically satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 28, 2008
Amid the style, sass and sexiness is plenty of sentimentality, especially at the satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 28, 2008
Beyond the shoes, the cosmopolitans and the disloyal men, Sex and the City has always been about the bond among women. At its best, the movie shows why that bond sticks.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
May 28, 2008
Witty, effervescent and unexpectedly thoughtful, the big-screen iteration of the HBO series stands up beautifully (and somewhat miraculously) to the twin pressures of popular expectation and critical assessment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 28, 2008
A movie that taps directly back into the show's primal appeal, which is the sweet, sad, saucy delight of sharing these women's company.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 28, 2008
It's all really soapy, though, with only some smidgens of substance.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 28, 2008
This movie provides no good reasons to revisit Sex and the City, except to fulfill fans' desires for one more for the road and add millions to Time Warner's coffers. Be careful what you wish for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 28, 2008
Bottom line: a provocative, groundbreaking TV series that worked in 30-minute segments has been bloated and padded into nearly two and a half hours of tedium and gratuitous product placement for everything from Vuitton to a new Mercedes-Benz GLK.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2008
Sex and the City: The Motion Picture (not the actual title) is a joyful wallow. And it's more: In this summer of do-overs (The Incredible Hulk, a new Batman versus a new Joker), it's what the series finale should have been.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2008
The end product is a case of bigger not necessarily being better.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
May 15, 2008
For a series so steeped in romance, the eagerly awaited Sex and the City movie feels a trifle half-hearted.