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Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John (Peter Gallagher) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost no interest in sex; she tells her therapist that she's more concerned about waste disposal. John, however, is still quite interested in sex and is having an affair with Ann's sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), whose… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What amazes is that at just 26, Soderbergh displays the three qualities associated with mature filmmakers: a unique authorial voice, a spooky camera assurance, and the easy control of ensemble acting."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A film whose enormous authority and intelligence extend to every detail."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Soderbergh brings a bracing edge of humor to his probingly analytical drama."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Soderbergh has assembled his cast into a fascinating jigsaw of neuroses, which then leap from the screen thanks to his intriguingly intellectual script."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A Liaisons Dangereuses for the video age, Soderbergh's impressive debut is a tale of desire, anxiety, and deception, in which the camera of a sexually impotent man becomes the lead player and storytelling device."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is a sexy, nuanced, beautifully controlled examination of how a quartet of people are defined by their erotic impulses and inhibitions."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Solid performances and Soderbergh's sense of human nature and cinematic tension are what hold the Sex, Lies, and Videotape together."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A mature, beautifully acted and deeply sexy film."
‑ , Film4
"A bitter yet savory time capsule of discontent."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The actors are superb; working from Soderbergh's funny, perceptive, immaculately wrought dialogue, they ensure that the film stimulates both intellectually and emotionally."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Inspired chitchat, a barefaced Louisiana gabfest written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, a 26-year-old Wunderkind preoccupied with l'amour."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Beautifully edited by Soderbergh, the film is evenly paced, its subtleties accreting slowly, and by the end it gathers powerful emotional momentum."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"a thoughtful and absorbing portrait of unconventional human relationships"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Steven Soderbergh didn't just launch the whole movies-with-all-lowercase-titles craze (as it's commonly written), he also launched the '90s rebirth of independent cinema with this singular effort."
‑ Christopher Null,
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