Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Moves us now because it's so playful and the players are so young - and because later, when Godard tried to play for keeps, in his self-consciously radical films of the late '60s and '70s, he began to lose his game.
  2. It is the work of a master -- of more than one, for that matter. Mr. Godard, who once called it "my first real film," was showing the obsession with, and mastery of, cinematic technique that would make him one of the culture heroes of the 1960's.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    The most playful film to come out of the French New Wave, it's also the last time Jean-Luc Godard appeared to have any fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Godard's third feature film and his first in color, A Woman is a Woman is one of the most enjoyable of all the master's works.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    There are a couple of absurdly nonchalant song-and-dance sequences, though mostly, Michel Legrand's sumptuous music swells in anticipation of showstoppers that never happen.
  6. 70
    More than forty years have passed since A Woman Is a Woman won the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for "originality, youth, audacity, impertinence." (When did you last see a movie that might warrant such an award?) [26 May 2003, p. 102]
  7. 60
    Godard light, but not lite: Its breezy postures front for melancholia.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    Only intermittently bright. Too much homage to Yank musicals and comedies point up the lack of polish.
  9. While its slender plot (stripper Karina wants a baby and turns to Belmondo when her boyfriend Brialy won't oblige her) can irritate in spots, the film's high spirits may still win you over.
  10. 50
    Slight and sometimes wearisome.
  11. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    What may have seemed energetic and innovative four decades ago is fairly enervated today, and only the most rabid Godard fanatics will find reason to seek out its new theatrical re-release.

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