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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. 75
    One possible approach to 8 1/2 Women, I think, is to view it as a slowed-down, mannered, tongue-in-cheek silent comedy, skewed by Greenaway's anger and desire to manipulate.
  2. 75
    Never dull visually, but it's certainly monomaniacal and heartless thematically.
  3. Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    63
    With its convoluted pretentiousness, heavy use of metaphors and obscure references to art, fails to maintain interest.
  4. 40
    Though his film is breathtakingly art-directed, Greenaway wallows in epater le bourgeois nastiness -- his inner naughty child could use a good paddling.
  5. Greenaway's film is about making people's jaws drop.
  6. 20
    This anti-narrative screwball comedy, a sort of police-drama re-enactment of Fellini's themes in "8 1/2," keeps most of the jokes off-screen.
  7. 0
    Inert, unfunny, and not even interesting as a dirty movie, 8 1/2 Women could well rank as one of the worst films of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3

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