Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. It's very funny, terrifically lively and, considering how awful it might have been, surprisingly tender in its portrait of a young guy who learns sensitivity the hard way.
  2. Can be taken as a mildly risque frothy date movie, but there's serious subtext for those who choose to look beneath surface sheen.
  3. 80
    Hartnett's pitch-perfect sexual panic can be hilariously funny.
  4. It's funny! It's not Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" or anything, but it's pretty darned good!
  5. This is smooth and at times even sensual -- a well-oiled machine.
  6. 75
    The quality writing, delivered by likable Hartnett and his talented co-stars, makes up for the sometimes flat production. A richly humorous background is provided by well-played eccentric minor characters.
  7. 75
    Hartnett shows here a breezy command of his charming, likable character. It is a reminder of his talent and versatility.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A self-described abstinence comedy that is funny, sexy and silly in equal measure.
  9. The movie is both exhilarating and depressing. The trouble is, I can't figure out which is more important.
  10. A kinder, gentler teensploitation comedy, but Hartnett's Matt, at least, invites the audience to graduate to something better.
  11. Mostly fun to watch, buoyed by some strong dialogue and performances by the supporting cast.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Within a certain narrow range, Hartnett shows some comic flair -- though not enough to carry the picture over its considerable rough spots.
  13. A curious entry in the current wave of raunchy youth comedies. It's refreshingly free of scatological humor, but even while aiming higher, it can't raise its focus above the belt.
  14. 60
    Yup, director Michael Lehmann, far from the glory days of "Heathers," has made a movie about a hard-on, in which he relentlessly pounds a flaccid premise.
  15. 60
    Runs more smoothly and stylishly than the average teen comedy.
  16. 60
    Any romantic comedy that lacks Meg Ryan can’t be faulted too hard.
  17. Sets out to demonstrate that life is about more than having sex. Inadvertently -- I think -- it ends up showing us just the opposite. As if we didn't already know.
  18. This pretty but witless movie is well-produced, slickly directed -- full of jokes about hot dudes and hot babes pitched right at the "American Pie" crowd.
  19. All this holding back is a bad idea, especially as the subject of an entire movie.
  20. It's rare that a movie is so graceful and so gross.
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    This is a smart and witty romantic farce that mixes sweet and sexy with surprising aplomb.
  22. Eventually becomes cliched, predictable and crude. And that's a real sin.
  23. Even Hartnett, designated Next Big Thing last year, seems like he's barely trying.
  24. 50
    If you're desperate to give something up for Lent, make it movies like this one.
  25. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Builds up comic force in its first half. But then it blows it, leaving the audience feeling unsatisfied.
  26. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The film's biggest problem, however, is its naive inability to understand that sex comedies, to amuse, must be about more than sex.
  27. 50
    Strictly for boys -- grown-up boys -- the more boyish and less grown-up the better.
  28. 40
    Roughly splits the difference between "Six Days, Seven Nights" and "9 1/2 Weeks." Which is something like the nth-order derivative of an infinite regression.
  29. 40
    Mildly amusing but wholly unnecessary comedy.
  30. Doesn't do much to further distinguish Lehmann's career. As for those of us waiting for the year's first worthwhile date movie, the wait continues.
  31. 30
    The sensibility of the movie is naggingly adolescent -- less erotic than squeamish and giggly. [11 Mar 2002, p. 92]
  32. 30
    It's too mild to be crass; it's clumsy. Lehmann has made what amounts to an anti-sex sex comedy, the first youth sex comedy made to be enjoyed by those creepy abstinence teens.
  33. 0
    So eyeball-gougingly awful that you're tempted to give up movies for Lent.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Jan 15, 2014
    Same old boring recycled rom com plot. Not even the no sex rule is new. There's nothing clever or funny about the dialogue. Next time let'sSame old boring recycled rom com plot. Not even the no sex rule is new. There's nothing clever or funny about the dialogue. Next time let's just save some time and send the script straight to the XXX lots so the Hartnett fangirls can have their porn and leave real cinema to the big boys. Full Review »
  2. Feb 5, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I liked it due to its pleasure from a sex comedy and has a fantastic romantic story between the two main characters but in the end, it's not so much of a comedy after you know who rapes Josh Hartnett. Full Review »