8 ½ Women

Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. This visually intricate fantasia combines his (Greenaway's) extraordinary cinematic imagination with a story and characters less compelling than those in his best works.
  2. 75
    Never dull visually, but it's certainly monomaniacal and heartless thematically.
  3. 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.
  4. A surreal comedy about sex that comes as close to charming as Greenaway ever gets.
  5. It may be his (Greenaway's) breeziest and kindest-hearted effort to date.
  6. Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    63
    With its convoluted pretentiousness, heavy use of metaphors and obscure references to art, fails to maintain interest.
  7. Seethes with cruel lust and brainy fancy.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    The problem with 8 1/2 Women isn't that what you see is what you get; it's that what you see is all you get.

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