Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics What's this?

User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: A mysterious and intriguing tale of a woman who may have killed someone or something while driving on a dirt road. Dazed and confused, she tries to piece together what happened, while her husband systematically tries to erase her tracks. (Strand Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    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. Brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Not the supernatural horror picture its title suggests, but this subtle, elliptical film evokes its own kind of nightmarish situation.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    25
    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.

See all 12 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    2
    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. Collapse

See all 2 User Reviews

Related Articles

  1. Ranked: The Best Women Film Directors (and Their Films)

    Ranked: The Best Women Film Directors (and Their Films) Image
    Published: July 17, 2010
    Even in a year where the directing Oscar went to a woman for the first time, female filmmakers still don't receive the recognition that their male counterparts do. We look at the top women directors and their films, including the two best-reviewed live-action films of the summer.