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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
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  1. BenW.
    Aug 20, 2001
    8
    Hot and deliciously enjoyable.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 20, 2001
    9
    Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie make a great onscreen couple.. HOT!!!
  3. DaneH.
    Aug 29, 2001
    10
    Excellent! Well thought-out plot and brilliantly acted.
  4. BillB.
    Aug 9, 2001
    8
    Imagine the typical cheap romance novel that you used to pick up (or still do?) at the local ?Five & Dime? or K-Mart. It had melodrama. It had exotic places. It had SEX. You enjoyed it, because it took you to another place, but deep inside you knew that it was no more than so much fluff to pass the time. Now imagine making a movie out of one of these novels. Not high art, and it wasn?t Imagine the typical cheap romance novel that you used to pick up (or still do?) at the local ?Five & Dime? or K-Mart. It had melodrama. It had exotic places. It had SEX. You enjoyed it, because it took you to another place, but deep inside you knew that it was no more than so much fluff to pass the time. Now imagine making a movie out of one of these novels. Not high art, and it wasn?t meant to be. But you might be intrigued enough, despite yourself, to check it out. Now, imagine the same adapted novel, with the star power of an Angelina Jolie and an Antonio Banderas. Now you want to go, don?t you? And you don?t care that the plot might be implausible, that the stuffier critics are thumbing their noses, and that the Academy is not impressed. So what? If "Original Sin" is a mere cinematic diversion, it is at least an entertaining diversion. And more than a small amount of credit for this should go to its headliners, Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie, who may go down in cinematic history as the unlikeliest pair to make use of a mail-order bride service. Luis Antonio Vargas (Banderas, suave as always), who is looking more for a bearer of his children than romance, is pleasantly surprised that his betrothed is much more fetching in person than the photo that he is carrying. Julia Russell (Jolie, demure one moment and sensual the next), in turn, is mildly taken aback that her husband-to-be is a wealthy part owner of a coffee bean plantation. Needless to say, a relationship built on misinformation and/or deception before it is even begun will not be without its share of?difficulties. What soon follows this initial meeting and subsequent marital bliss is a series of incidents & acts of mistrust, double-cross, & complicity that one would expect to read in pulp fiction novels. Added to the mix is Walter Downs (Thomas Jane), an enigma with a ridiculous moustache who is introduced as a private investigator. He gives the faintest impression that there is more to him than meets the eye, yet his ulterior motives (if any) are unclear. Add these ingredients, the exotic locales, and the undeniable appeal of the lead actors, and you get something less than high art but more than the sum of its parts. Jolie is so mesmerizing and Banderas so charismatic, you?ll just want to sit back & enjoy one of this summer?s guilty pleasures. You do want to see it, don?t you? Expand
  5. GalaV.
    Sep 2, 2001
    8
    This is absolutely an adult movie and amazing! Angelina represented Bonnie's character (sick and longing for love at the same time) pretty well .... and the chemistry between the two of them is undeniable!
  6. LorrieL.
    Feb 27, 2002
    8
    I'm giving this a blind 8 rating as I wasn't going to rent it, but Bill B. has talked me into it.
  7. JorgeS.
    Sep 8, 2002
    3
    This is, whith no doubt, the worst movie i've seen this year!. Yes!, Angelina is hot, but after watching 1 hour of the most stupid plot since The Color of Night, you won't care about her. The dialoge sounds fake, there are huge plot holes, and the ending... Oh My God!. Plus, Michael Cristofer is such a bad director!!, it looks like the cheapest TV movie, very amateurish. Avoid This is, whith no doubt, the worst movie i've seen this year!. Yes!, Angelina is hot, but after watching 1 hour of the most stupid plot since The Color of Night, you won't care about her. The dialoge sounds fake, there are huge plot holes, and the ending... Oh My God!. Plus, Michael Cristofer is such a bad director!!, it looks like the cheapest TV movie, very amateurish. Avoid at any cost. Expand
  8. Ashley
    Oct 20, 2003
    10
    I cried. Beautifuly acted and a story that will tear at your soul.
  9. G_MAN
    Feb 9, 2005
    10
    The movie is not intended to be subtle. It is sweaty, candle-lit melodrama, joyously trashy, and its photography wallows in sumptuous decadence.
  10. sophia
    Jun 9, 2006
    10
    beautiful and I think, emotionally captivating.
  11. CYT.
    Sep 24, 2002
    10
    It is more than mellowdrama . Its about the power that love has on the human soul, how you can love someone so much that you would forgive them for all their faults and still love them until the day you die.
  12. ALaineG.
    Feb 28, 2005
    10
    really nice movie! angelina jolie is very beautiful!
  13. ChristianT
    Oct 22, 2006
    5
    The movie looks very cheap and decadent, but its melodramatic, soapish development makes it trashy fun. Besides, the sex scenes are hot.
  14. G.R.
    Apr 11, 2007
    10
    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 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. Expand
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. 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.
  2. 20
    Everything in this film is forgettable, right down to bongos pounding on the soundtrack to indicate a quickening of the pulse.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Retained my interest and sympathy -- at least until the nonsensical ending,