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  • Summary: Lessons of life and love are learned as various characters confront and explore their own sexuality, learn to let go of their traditional beliefs and ultimately discover that what they really want is "the opposite of sex" - lasting, committed and loving relationships. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. A movie that has an odd plot, quirky characters and a real edge, but it's not in-your-face, a re-invention of a genre or a smirky independent. It's different because it's flat-out great.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    This is a declaration of love: The Opposite of Sex is the smartest, edgiest, most human and handsomely acted romantic comedy in elephant years.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    [Roos's] dialogue (including an on-and-off voiceover by Ricci's pregnant, runaway sociopath) has a ringing clarity, his satire is low-key but quite real, and his actors mesh so perfectly you'd swear they rehearsed for months before shooting.
  4. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    75
    The best scenes are of people talking -- and that's not just because the lines are so good. Roos doesn't seem to know what to do with his characters when they aren't blabbing.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Roos’ talent for vivid, jump-off-the-screen dialogue remains unquestioned, but his direction is considerably more spotty.
  6. For all Ricci's zingers, the actress who gets the most laughs here is Kudrow, who has an amazingly right-on offbeat comic sense and rhythm. Playing a bright, sexually repressed Indiana teacher, she displays priceless timing. [19 June 1998]
  7. Very much like sex. On second thought, make that bad sex. Actually, sexual assault is more like it. It will leave you feeling used, bruised, violated, mistrustful and unclean.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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