Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 100
    Medem's astonishing, magical-realist love story Sex and Lucía is easily the best Spanish film since "All About My Mother." But such a statement actually undersells the beauty of what Medem has created, which in many ways rather defies description.
  2. 80
    Climaxes in a flood of revelations that, like so much of the film, take us where we least expect to go.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    These people are fools for heedless love and, perhaps, needless complication, and you can't help responding to the heat of their passion.
  4. Elegant and sometimes inscrutable.
  5. It's still pretty darn good, despite its smarty-pants aura.
  6. 80
    Fans of convoluted narrative in the manner of Christopher Nolan and David Lynch are likely to be intrigued, although Medem has a far stronger streak of sentiment.
  7. 80
    This film by Julio Medem has dreamlike visuals, lush sensuality, a gorgeous cast, and a plot built on elaborate, self-conscious coincidences.
  8. 75
    The parts work even if the whole leaves me uncertain. Many movies are certain about their whole, but are made of careless parts. Forced to choose, I would take the parts.
  9. The movie is a journey into a land of wonders beneath the surface of consciousness -- but it's also a sexual ride of unabated heat. You may be confused by Sex and Lucia, but you won't be unmoved.
  10. 75
    Medem may have disrobed most of the cast, leaving their bodies exposed, but the plot remains as guarded as a virgin with a chastity belt. That's why Sex and Lucía is so alluring.
  11. Whatever you say about Sex and Lucía, you have to admit that it takes place at a hormonal high tide that never ebbs.
  12. At times, Sex and Lucia is too precious for its own good; a movie that demands its own flow chart isn't always a good thing. And events turn on one coincidence too many. But Medem's exquisite craftsmanship and full-throttle eroticism make his film a morass worth the attempt to unravel.
  13. Anyone familiar with the movies of Julio Medem knows where "Sex and Lucia" is going. Or, rather, knows that it's impossible to know.
  14. 75
    The film is tangled but not chaotic, thoughtful but not terribly deep. Still, it's intimate, entertaining, and most impressive, genuine.
  15. With the story's vivid and passionate women and the power of emotional healing (not to mention the intense eroticism of his hothouse romance), gives Sex and Lucia a dynamic, vigorous life.
  16. 70
    Medem's stupendously gorgeous puzzle movie features strong performances from its four leads.
  17. Medem is one of the few directors who understands sensuality and knows how to make it happen on screen. Sex and Lucia specializes in pleasant eroticism, using nudity, Koko de la Rica's dreamy cinematography and Alberto Iglesias' Goya-winning score to create episodes of voluptuous lovemaking.
  18. 70
    A slickly made, intense and powerfully visual take on time-honored problems such as identity and the body's power over the mind.
  19. Medem's film is a bleached-out beauty, hitting our most commanding human emotions -- lust to love to grief to rage and back again -- while only occasionally striking a wrong chord.
  20. A truly titillating and truly convoluted tale of l'amour fou. Perhaps the American remake could be titled ''Hot Fudge Ripple Sky.''
  21. If you're starved for on-screen nudity and sex garnished with art-film trappings -- The price you'll pay is putting up with the director's relentless Euro-pretension, manifested in a tediously contrived plot crammed with absurd coincidences, clunky symbolism and soap-operatic melodrama.
  22. 60
    Medem turns screenwriting into a feng shui exercise, shifting story elements like pieces of furniture around a room, as if the best films are the ones that end up facing southeast.
  23. The sensuous visuals, shot in high-definition video, complement the waking-dream quality of a sometimes confusing story.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Isn't a first-date movie. As a third -date movie, though, it's just about perfect.
  25. Nothing in this explicit display is remotely engaging. That's because the sex is a metaphor here. In fact, most everything is a metaphor here. Or a symbol -- the picture is a veritable cacophony of jangling symbols.
  26. 50
    Both refreshing and confusing, the film equivalent of an ice cream headache.
  27. An adept mood maker, Medem strains madly for cosmic alliances, fairy-tale imagery, and fated coincidences, but he triumphs only with two hot bodies, a cluttered apartment, and a Shower Massage.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. susangrinker
    Feb 28, 2007
    Was one of the top 10 audience favorites at the Seattle Film festival. I liked it so much that I saw it all three times it played!!!
  2. F.Valeron
    Mar 31, 2006
    Lucia y el Sexo is quite possibly one of the greatest films we're all ever going to get to see. It's so rare for a film to magically engage every sense simultaneously, and, it seems to me, the films that manage this are increasingly coming from Spain and South America. This one is a masterpiece. Full Review »