Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 13 out of 24
  1. How bad, really, could it be? I couldn't have guessed.
  2. 30
    The director belabors every moment, forgetting that pulp tales need to be told quickly, lest the viewer have time to second-guess.
  3. It's too labored and ponderous to qualify as a so-bad-it's-good amusement. Original Sin is merely an old-fashioned bore.
  4. 30
    Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
  5. 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.
  6. Neither epochal nor epic in its ludicrousness. It's just run-of-the-mill trash.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    It's one bad apple.
  8. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    20
    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.
  9. 20
    Everything in this film is forgettable, right down to bongos pounding on the soundtrack to indicate a quickening of the pulse.
  10. 20
    Anyone who expects a little drama with their screen sex will have to go elsewhere.
  11. Doesn't even have earnestness going for it -- a tepid, blindly assembled post-noir.
  12. About half a notch above disaster.

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