Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 22, 1989
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In his feature directorial debut, Steven Soderbergh demonstrates a mastery of his craft well beyond his years, pulling together an outstanding cast and an intelligent script for a nuanced, mature film about neurosis and human sexuality.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Caryn James
New York Times

A film whose enormous authority and intelligence extend to every detail.

Cole Smithey

(PODCAST)Steven Soderbergh's debut film of bad people doing bad things beats with a perverse heart.

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Variety Staff

This is a sexy, nuanced, beautifully controlled examination of how a quartet of people are defined by their erotic impulses and inhibitions.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic.

Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Talky '80s drama has sex, cursing, mature themes.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The actors are superb; working from Soderbergh's funny, perceptive, immaculately wrought dialogue, they ensure that the film stimulates both intellectually and emotionally.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Inspired chitchat, a barefaced Louisiana gabfest written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, a 26-year-old Wunderkind preoccupied with l'amour.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Soderbergh brings a bracing edge of humor to his probingly analytical drama.

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Red Lats
I was impressed with James Spader's role. He seems both withdrawn and 'broken' and yet sure of himself enough to convince his female friends to… More
paul oh
A film with real depth in sexual desire and repression, Soderbergh bring his A-game for his debut film. Peter Gallagher, Annie Mcdowell, and James Spader are… More
Kase Vollebregt
Steven Soderbergh establishes himself as a mature filmmaker despite his young age in his directorial debut. Everything about this independent film is well done… More
Sam Barnett
There's a reason Steven Soderbergh's first film is considered to be the starting point of modern indie films. 'sex, lies, and videotape' is… More
Dan Schultz
An extremely well done sensual drama concerning a lonely, sex-shy housewife (Andie MacDowell) who is unaware that her lawyer husband (Peter Gallagher) is having… More
Chris Weber
This psychosexual drama not only represents the directorial debut of maverick filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, but also stands as an important milestone in the… More