Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 13 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    The movie is not intended to be subtle. It is sweaty, candle-lit melodrama, joyously trashy, and its photography wallows in sumptuous decadence.
  2. Retained my interest and sympathy -- at least until the nonsensical ending,
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jolie and Banderas are two hot actors, in many senses of the word, and their scenes together have a lewd excitement.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Lavish and florid, the corny venture falls into so-bad-it's-good territory.
  5. Ridiculous, yes, but in an eminently watchable way. Most of the plot twists work surprisingly well, and the frequently naked leads work up some genuine chemistry.
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
  7. The lead performances are very strong -- few actors possess as much sheer physical presence as this pair -- but their dialogue is stilted, as though lost in transit from a Victorian hothouse.
  8. Banderas has some very effective moments, but in his emotional scenes, Cristofer has him screaming his lines into Jolie's face with such a spritzing fury, she might have filed a union grievance.
  9. 50
    It's not nearly as mediocre a two hours as the trailers would have you think.
  10. Aspires to blasphemy but achieves only banality.
  11. 40
    An erotic thriller with flaws.
  12. How bad, really, could it be? I couldn't have guessed.
  13. It's too labored and ponderous to qualify as a so-bad-it's-good amusement. Original Sin is merely an old-fashioned bore.
  14. 30
    Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
  15. 30
    The director belabors every moment, forgetting that pulp tales need to be told quickly, lest the viewer have time to second-guess.
  16. Neither epochal nor epic in its ludicrousness. It's just run-of-the-mill trash.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    It's one bad apple.
  18. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Even the lovemaking scenes between two of Hollywood's most attractive stars -- often shot from above, like Cinemax soft porn -- are so unerotic, they make your skin crawl.
  19. 20
    Everything in this film is forgettable, right down to bongos pounding on the soundtrack to indicate a quickening of the pulse.
  20. 20
    Anyone who expects a little drama with their screen sex will have to go elsewhere.
  21. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    An early scene inside a theater seems intended to wink at Sin's critics: "Disgusting! Cheap melodrama," a lady sniffs during intermission. It's a neatly reflexive acknowledgement of what we ourselves are watching, but even at that, our filmmaker is praising himself too extravagantly by half.
  22. Doesn't even have earnestness going for it -- a tepid, blindly assembled post-noir.
  23. About half a notch above disaster.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. G.R.
    Apr 11, 2007
    This is a great movie from beginning to end. At any time I did not know what would happen in the next scene. It is welll written, well This is a great movie from beginning to end. At any time I did not know what would happen in the next scene. It is welll written, well directed, well acted, and the choice of actors was great. I am surprised there are many negative reviews. It seems to be a movie that either you love it or you hate it. Even the citics are in the two extremes. If you like Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas you will like this movie. Also, don't see the trailer before you watch the movie. Full Review »
  2. ChristianT
    Oct 22, 2006
    The movie looks very cheap and decadent, but its melodramatic, soapish development makes it trashy fun. Besides, the sex scenes are hot.
  3. sophia
    Jun 9, 2006
    beautiful and I think, emotionally captivating.