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  • Summary: The Women is a comedy about contemporary womanhood and the power of female relationships. Based on George Cukor’s 1939 film and Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 stage play, The Women whisks us into a busy pocket of Manhattan society, where the publishing, fashion and finance industries play. At the center of the tale is Mary Haines, a thoroughly modern woman suddenly confronted with an age-old dilemma: a cheating husband. The ladies in her life swiftly rally to Mary’s side, led by her best friend, Sylvie Fowler, a dynamic magazine editor. But when Sylvie betrays Mary in a Faustian bargain, the entire group is shaken to the core – and two women face the most painful breakup of all - their friendship. (Picturehouse) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 32
  2. Negative: 20 out of 32
  1. 75
    As a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.
  2. Feels the scratches of too much time and tinkling and is as disjointed as a dislocated shoulder.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    The film repeatedly sacrifices dramatic punch for political correctness.
  4. 38
    This Women doesn't take place in reality or even in a glamorous urban fantasyland. It's strictly TV Land.
  5. Is there anything more depressing than when middlebrow filmmakers decide to remake bona fide classics that did not, under any circumstances, need to be remade?
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    0
    One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14
  1. KendraS.
    Jan 27, 2009
    8
    Fun to watch with women.
  2. IanA.
    Dec 30, 2008
    8
    I really don't think this movie deserved the bad ratings that it received. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was fast paced and funny. I'm a die hard fan of the 1939 version but I really liked this modern day version and would thoroughly recommend it. Expand
  3. JimL.
    Dec 23, 2008
    6
    Great cast, some great scenes, some great lines, some laughs. Not a great movie, but certainly not the worst I've ever seen.
  4. ChadS.
    Sep 15, 2008
    3
    Mary Haines(Meg Ryan) is a good person. Just ask her; she'll tell you, like how she tells her roommate at a retreat for emotionally distraught women of privilege. For the record, Mary comes to the conclusion of her inherent goodness, because she recycles, and gives money to the homeless. Thankfully, Mary exercises discretion and stops short of mentioning that she's friends with a woman of color, who, not to toot her own horn, is also a lesbian. "The Women" needs Alex Fisher(Jada Pinkett-Smith); without her, Mary and her rich friends would be insufferable. Alex gives them depth. In this respect, "The Women" resembles the Republican National Convention whenever they trot out the occasional ethnically diverse speaker to make them look like an inclusionary party. By pure happenstance, though, which only proves there are no accidents, the film unwittingly reimagines these women if Alex wasn't part of their circle, when Mary snubs a Sachs' buyer's offer to launch her line of clothes in their flagship store. Maybe this self-described "good person" had second thoughts about having it all for the benefit of her daughter, who was last seen burning womanhood in effigy, by building a small bonfire with her tampons. This actually happens in "The Women". I'm not making it up. With some wishful thinking, the audience can theorize that Sylvia's resignation(Annette Benning) from her job as editor at a fashion magazine, is attributed to her seeing the harm that she inflicts, as a facilitator of glamour, on a kid such as Molly(India Ennenga), who has body image problems despite being on the thin side. She's just not supermodel-thin. If Mary's daughter hates her menstrual cycle that much, maybe Mary should be a good person, or more to the point, a good mother, and reconsider participation in an industry that encourages anorexia. Expand
  5. Laurens
    Jan 19, 2009
    3
    It's like watching grass grow. You're watching your own pathetic life being turned into a movie with these women who love to chat with each other about men and relationships. Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2012
    2
    The Women is ultra ignorant of the fact that it is a failure in cinematic history. Actually, this is one of those movies that those involved pretended to have nothing to do with it. It's a waste of space, I assure you. Expand
  7. Cat
    Sep 13, 2008
    1
    Only go if you're interested in seeing Bening's new facelift.

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