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. 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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Retained my interest and sympathy -- at least until the nonsensical ending,
  3. Jolie and Banderas are two hot actors, in many senses of the word, and their scenes together have a lewd excitement.
  4. 60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    60
    Lavish and florid, the corny venture falls into so-bad-it's-good territory.
  6. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    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.
  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. 30
    The director belabors every moment, forgetting that pulp tales need to be told quickly, lest the viewer have time to second-guess.
  14. It's too labored and ponderous to qualify as a so-bad-it's-good amusement. Original Sin is merely an old-fashioned bore.
  15. 30
    Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
  16. 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.
  17. Neither epochal nor epic in its ludicrousness. It's just run-of-the-mill trash.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    It's one bad apple.
  19. 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.
  20. 20
    Everything in this film is forgettable, right down to bongos pounding on the soundtrack to indicate a quickening of the pulse.
  21. 20
    Anyone who expects a little drama with their screen sex will have to go elsewhere.
  22. Doesn't even have earnestness going for it -- a tepid, blindly assembled post-noir.
  23. About half a notch above disaster.

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