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

Critic Reviews

  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. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    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. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    63
    With its convoluted pretentiousness, heavy use of metaphors and obscure references to art, fails to maintain interest.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    63
    Seethes with cruel lust and brainy fancy.
  8. Boston Globe
    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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