Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Martel's vision is so visually rich and complex it borders on the impressionistic, but The Headless Woman would be nowhere without the precise tour de force performance by Onetto.
  2. 88
    This is also the first of Martel’s films to build in a direction other than up. The film’s lateral movement continues a kind of class commentary.
  3. 100
    No simplistic status parable. It’s more a psychological snapshot of a person forever doomed to remain a voyeur to her own life
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Slow-paced and self-indulgent in places but a bravely intense use of camera work to explore the internal psychology of the characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    As promising as the premise sounds, it cannot rise from the mundane.
  6. Brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie.
  7. Guilt and alienation from Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel, so arty, enervated, and allegorical it might have been made by a European in the early sixties.
  8. 80
    As dense and fluid as Martel's movie is, the viewer--like the protagonist--is compelled to live in the moment. And a rich moment it is.
  9. Not the supernatural horror picture its title suggests, but this subtle, elliptical film evokes its own kind of nightmarish situation.
  10. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    A simpler and more taut, if slightly less interesting version of the oblique but mesmerizing studies of family life in fetid, hothouse atmospheres the Argentine helmer offered up in "La cienaga" and "The Holy Girl."
  11. 91
    A remarkably nuanced, ever-evolving performance (María Onetto).
  12. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    The disjointedness of The Headless Woman might be the result of narrative complexity or of directorial ineptitude or (my favorite) of narrative complexity mangled by directorial ineptitude. If the residual fog ever clears, maybe I'll be able to tell you for sure.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    0-45 min: What the **** is going on?? ;
    45 min: Oh ****! ;
    45-55 min: ....... ; 55-58 min: Whoa! ; 58-90 min: ........ ; Conclusion:
    0-45 min: What the **** is going on?? ;
    45 min: Oh ****! ;
    45-55 min: ....... ;
    55-58 min: Whoa! ;
    58-90 min: ........ ;
    Conclusion: The subconscious is a **** Oh, and women suck at driving.
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  2. DanielP.
    Aug 21, 2009
    The film have an interesting story but the way that Lucrecia made the movie is a little boring and got short key parts.