8 ½ Women


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. Keeps teasing you with intimations of the libidinous animal within.
  2. Though his film is breathtakingly art-directed, Greenaway wallows in epater le bourgeois nastiness -- his inner naughty child could use a good paddling.
  3. Its message is quite simple and all too familiar: when it comes to sex, all men are little boys.
  4. (Greenaway) is often described as a director whose movies "are not for everyone." The obvious retort is that neither are the Three Stooges, but at least everyone understands them.
  5. 50
    Some viewers may find this movie sexist or misogynist simply based on its premise, but it's a mistake to take Greenaway's symbolic narratives too literally.
  6. A nod to Fellini--and that "half" turns out to be a typically dark Greenaway twist. Yet this film, one of Greenaway's most amusing and accessible, actually arrives at moments of tenderness, even love, fleeting though they may be.
  7. 50
    As powerfully as the film lingers in the mind, one can't help wishing he were led just a bit more by his heart.

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