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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    It's visually stunning, especially in scenes of the African countryside, and takes more risks than most independent films. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a work of intransigent anger and barely relieved depression. [28 May 1999] show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's beautiful to look at, and marvelously edited, but it's hard to know exactly what he's getting at. [28 May 1999] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Not all of it works, but you play along, because it's rare to find a film this ambitious. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Loss of Sexual Innocence is not a masterpiece (at times, its obtuseness can seem ponderous and pretentious), it is nevertheless a fascinating experience, with the focus being on the artistic elements inherent in the medium rather than on the narrative. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    The absence of substance, or its banishment, and the director's reliance on allure (in the film's casting and in its look and sound, which features haunting music by Beethoven and Chopin), leave Innocence with the quasi-profound, giggly overreach of a magazine layout come to shameless, shallow life. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Loss of Sexual Innocence is not bad, as in the sense of inept; it's artful enough to show how truly trite it is. show more

  • 38
    TV Guide

    Aggressively non-linear and heavy on the visual flair, Mike Figgis' allegorical voyage through the mind of a filmmaker alternates between the tawdry, fake sophistication of fancy perfume commercials and an unholy regurgitation of the worst excesses of European art cinema. show more

  • 38
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    There's no getting around the fact that it's an uneven exercise that shows signs of having gestated too long. [04 Jun 1999] show more

  • 25
    Barbara Shulgasser Chicago Tribune

    With The Loss of Sexual Innocence, director Mike Figgis reaches an almost comical low in the pursuit of what appears to be a desperate need to express deeper, uh, depth. Figgis' deliberate obfuscation may delight him, but it leaves the viewer mystified and bitter. [18 Jun 1999] show more

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