Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Marisa Tomei turns in a blitzkrieg performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    The helming debut of thesp Fisher Stevens, who mixes swell ensemble acting with eye-popping animation for a witch's brew of good sex, bad timing and very funny dialogue.
  3. First-time director Fisher Stevens has a flair for dialogue comedy, the film operates nicely off the element of surprise, and the large cast is solid -- especially Marisa Tomei, who in an extended cameo as a merry dominatrix rarely has been more convincing.
  4. 60
    This small-scale film isn't for all tastes. But veterans of the dating wars will smirk uneasily at the film's nightmare versions of everyday sex-in-the-city misadventures.
  5. 60
    The film's moralistic streak leaves a sour taste, especially because its battle of the sexes is so wildly off-balance.
  6. What elevates the movie above the run-of-the-mill singles blender is its surreal sense of humor and technological finish.
  7. 50
    Stevens has a keen sense of the absurd, but the whole thing is too forced - and his use of "rotomation" (last used in Richard Linklater's "Waking Life") to give a Timothy Leary-swirl to key dramatic moments winds up looking incongruous.
  8. Though the cast ends up looking good, the film's unwillingness or inability to have things add up hurts everyone's efforts.
  9. 42
    Its cool, glib observations, delivered by good-looking creative people who live like the cast of "Friends" gone cynical, becomes forced and often stupid. The film goes off the track enough to make for an interesting train wreck.
  10. 40
    A twisted black comedy -- The accomplished ensemble meshes nicely, but the actors all look pale and exhausted, an effect that may be a byproduct of the film’s photography, which is terrible.
  11. Stevens, an actor taking charge from the other side of the camera, and writer and co-star Breen are going for a romantic black farce, a darkly noble idea, but one that requires far more empathetic characters and funnier situations than they've created.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's coherent, well shot, and tartly acted, but it wears you down like a dinner guest showing off his doctorate.
  13. The result is a small independent film suffering from a severe case of Hollywood-itis. A cautionary tale minus the caution, Just a Kiss is just a cop-out.
  14. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Clumsily written and numbly performed comedy of yammers.
  15. Not just another disposable romantic comedy, but an ambitious, overreaching mess.
  16. Muddled attempt at edgy comedy.
  17. 25
    The movie seems to reinvent itself from moment to moment, darting between styles like a squirrel with too many nuts. There is one performance that works, sort of, and it is by Marisa Tomei,
  18. 25
    The best thing you can say about Just a Kiss is that it isn't every romantic comedy that throws in suicide, bondage and a plane crash in between all the bed hopping.
  19. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Gets everything wrong, starting with a title that indicates a somewhat innocent romantic transgression.
  20. 10
    A convoluted writing exercise gone horribly wrong.

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