The Little Death Reviews

July 9, 2015
Frequently funny and sometimes perhaps offensive in the darkness of its humor.
July 2, 2015
The Little Death is [Lawson's] feature film debut, and it's beautifully scripted, each of its five story lines working out the comic implications of a perverse urge.
June 29, 2015
The mood will be too mild and shock-free for fans of Todd Solondz or early Neil LaBute; yet the film is sufficiently cool and quizzical to make you wonder where Lawson will turn next.
June 26, 2015
There is simultaneously too much and not enough going on in writer/director/co-star Josh Lawson's feature debut.
June 25, 2015
In the end, the film doesn't work.
June 25, 2015
Darkly funny, occasionally poignant and teeming with the unexpected.
June 25, 2015
A game cast, including Kim Gyngell as a former sex offender with baking skills, goes a long way in selling Lawson's hard-working material.
Top Critic
June 25, 2015
A winning humanity seeps through the high jinks. Lawson comes not to judge, but to assess the unintended consequences of sexual free play.
June 25, 2015
The Little Death never feels remotely of a piece, and is likely to find its proper audience months from now when the individual sketches show up on YouTube.
Top Critic
June 25, 2015
Sad and often laugh-out-loud funny.
June 24, 2015
Sex comedies work best with light touch, and as the ponderous title (a literal translation of the French term for orgasm) indicates, Australian writer-director Josh Lawson mostly doesn't have it.
June 23, 2015
It's quite a trick Lawson has pulled off, creating a film that's as genuinely sweet as it is borderline offensive, and funny throughout.
June 23, 2015
Lawson either needed to flesh out these characters or view their failings with stiffer cynicism.
May 7, 2015
The set-up is a bit like that old Woody Allen's farce Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex crossed with Love Actually, though it's better than either because there's a disarming depth and poignancy here as well.
May 5, 2015
There are moments of bad taste black comic brilliance in this feature debut.
September 24, 2014
Relatively experimental in its structure but conditioned like a sitcom.
September 22, 2014
The film itself is so contrived it's ridiculous. And not in a good way.
September 11, 2014
Australian actor Josh Lawson writes, directs and appears in this middling ensemble comedy about the wacky sex lives of four suburban couples.