Woman on Top

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41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31

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  1. As a goofy little fantasy, however, this film has loads of charm.
  2. 75
    A charming confection spun from pure whimsy.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    75
    All coy and fey -- and painless to digest.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    A fantastical romp with a buoyant pace, exotic locations, a finger-popping score, appealing leads and spicy cooking demonstrations.
  5. Prime date fare, but cotton-candy light and occasionally just a little too whimsical.
  6. 63
    This is the kind of movie you sort of like, and yet even while you're liking it, you're thinking how much better these characters and this situation could have been with a little more imagination and daring.
  7. Tries too hard to be playful and sensual, wacky and romantic, and comes away feeling fake and prefabricated instead.
  8. 63
    A dish that's pretty easy to swallow, but if it could have borrowed some of Isabella's more potent spices, it might have boasted a more lasting flavor.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    A romantic fairy tale that's light and in several ways seductive, if not exactly filling.
  10. 60
    This gently satirical farce is atmospheric when dabbling in religion--the chef turns to spiritual magic to defuse her passion for her husband--and moving during her heart-to-hearts with her friend.
  11. 60
    Relentlessly positive and optimistic, the film is also likable, in the most chaste way imaginable.
  12. 58
    Awfully sloppy entertainment, built on a script with only a glancing acquaintance with logic, filled with uneven performances and staged with a near-amateur touch for comedy.
  13. Gets the proportions all wrong -- too much magic, not enough realism.
  14. Not the sweaty midnight stroll through the garden of carnal delights that its title wants you to believe.
  15. Wants to be a brightly colored bubble but has trouble getting aloft.
  16. Thanks to this relentlessly likable film's playful sexuality and utter lack of pretension it's surprisingly easy to let all of one's objections float away on a fragrant cloud of kitchen sweat, pheromones, and sweet lime zest.
  17. 50
    Lovely to look at and listen to but doesn't reward any closer study.
  18. 50
    This would-be spicy film has been made blandly palatable.
  19. Bright, bubbly and thoroughly inconsequential.
  20. 49
    Predictable, tame dreariness.
  21. Never the magic charmer it sets out to be.
  22. 40
    Too flimsily built and baldly unfunny to bolster Cruz's charms, but Almodóvar's blessed Virgin is, as usual, winning and guilelessly seductive.
  23. Has all the mood enhancing flavor of a tropical cocktail made with watered down rum and fake fruit juice.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    There is something especially irritating about whimsy done badly.
  25. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    30
    Cruz is a dish, but her movie is as soggy and indigestible as Styrofoam.
  26. 30
    Consistently fails to deliver the charm it presumes to have.
  27. 30
    Just a string of cute gags and pouting on Isabella's part that's supposed to signify soul-searching.
  28. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    30
    The visual fireworks and catchy score just underline the extreme superficiality of the material.
  29. 20
    This is as close to a total wipeout as can be imagined.
  30. If Penélope Cruz were any less attractive, maybe someone would have noticed how dull this mild, would-be romantic fairy tale has turned out.
  31. 10
    The mind will be starved for subtlety, wit and substance.

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