The Opposite of Sex

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. 78
    Even some third-act deus ex machina scrambling can't homogenize the film's darkly cynical punch. Tough as nails and twice as hilarious, it's a remedy for summer treacle.
  2. 75
    The De-Dee character subverts those expectations; she shoots the legs out from under the movie with perfectly timed zingers.
  3. Film.com
    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. Film.com
    Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    For all the cynicism on the soundtrack and the occasional lapses in tone, this is a remarkably generous comedy.
  5. 100
    Sex holds in perfect tonal balance, and without cynicism, a brew of maliciously transgressive comedy and tender sympathy for its tortured characters, all gripped by terror of love, or sex, or both.
  6. A brilliantly written black comedy in the tradition of "To Die For" and "Flirting With Disaster," The Opposite of Sex was worth the wait.
  7. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    Opposite attracts with its wit.
  8. Dedee is a great, entertaining caricature, an updated teen version of a forties-noir seductress and murderess -- Lana Turner without corsets... Ricci possesses a devastating way with a nasty line; she could curdle mother's milk from 30 paces.
  9. 88
    The kind of daring feature that doesn't open every Friday at the local multiplex; its frank, sometimes politically incorrect approach towards the act and politics of sex is refreshing.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A truly unformulaic comedy of lust and greed, a farce that seems to write itself, slap-happily, as it goes along.
  13. You'll laugh, though you might hate yourself in the morning.
  14. What redeems the film's surface bitterness are sharp observations, laceratingly funny dialogue and something Dedee claims to find especially loathsome: a secret heart of gold.
  15. 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.
  16. The wonder of it all is how bitterly funny the complications are, especially as filtered through Dedee's monstrously self-centered voice-over.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Roos’ talent for vivid, jump-off-the-screen dialogue remains unquestioned, but his direction is considerably more spotty.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BeauM.
    May 25, 2006
    10
    One of the most flawless comedies to be released in American cinemas in the last thirty years. Brilliant.