Metascore
24

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 10 out of 12
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  1. As cinematic flops go, nothing falls quite as hard as a failed black comedy.
  2. 40
    Even if the actual movie is an awkward, uncinematic mishmash. Waters has at least tried to write a sex comedy that isn't aimed at titty-fixated 17-year-olds, and at its best Sex and Death 101 has a fast, clever rhythm that almost sings.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    38
    It's all a pretentious bore that feels twice as long as it's two-hour running time.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    30
    A promising concept is gradually run into the ground in Sex and Death 101, a would-be black comedy that lacks both laughs and gravity.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    30
    Stupid monikers are just one symptom of a stultifying, overwritten cleverness that substitutes quirk for character.
  6. The appealing Mr. Baker never manages to find the right tone for the material, partly because he’s been seriously miscast (he radiates too much decency and intelligence for the role), though more because Mr. Waters never establishes a coherent tone for either the character or his situation.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    25
    In a fair universe, Sex and Death 101 would end its miserable life after one episode as a TV show. But this unfunny "dark comedy" goes on for two hours.
  8. It has absolutely nothing to say -- no redeeming commentary about nihilistic, narcissistic society and its appetite for instant gratification -- which would have made it sociologically interesting, or at least sort of Faustian in theme. Instead Sex and Death 101 is as empty-headed as its protagonist.
  9. A lame comic idea poorly executed dooms Sex and Death 101 to failure.
  10. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    20
    The crude, sophomoric Sex and Death 101 is neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny.
  11. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    20
    A self-indulgent, snarky, scattershot mess through and through.
  12. 12
    This film is headed quickly for DVD. In the video store, though, it isn't funny enough to be shelved in the comedy section nor dirty enough to be filed with the smut. It might be useful in propping up a wobbly chair, though.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Mar 29, 2012
    1
    This is one of the worst movies I ever watched. The dialogue was terrible, the characters were over simplified and pathetic. Don't wasteThis is one of the worst movies I ever watched. The dialogue was terrible, the characters were over simplified and pathetic. Don't waste your time, there was nothing redeemable about the movie. Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2011
    4
    This is a strange and intriguing film and one that needs a second screening before one can write a reliable review. However, on the first go,This is a strange and intriguing film and one that needs a second screening before one can write a reliable review. However, on the first go, I found it very difficult to keep my interest alive. In the end, it was mostly the parade of beautiful women that kept me going, as well as curiosity about where the author wants to go with this. Not a good effort overall and a second screening will not be an easy task... Full Review »
  3. JesseD
    Aug 15, 2009
    10
    It really seems the critics are reviewing the movie only on whether it can be categorized into a specific genre and not at all on the actual It really seems the critics are reviewing the movie only on whether it can be categorized into a specific genre and not at all on the actual film. I thought this was a very original, hilarious and unique film. Full Review »