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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    A surreal comedy about sex that comes as close to charming as Greenaway ever gets. show more

  • 25
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    8 1/2 Women is a collage-y, self-reflexive sort of film that is designed to shock but more often just annoys. show more

  • 16
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Greenaway has hit a brick wall, and it's no fun to watch. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One possible approach to 8 1/2 Women, I think, is to view it as a slowed-down, mannered, tongue-in-cheek silent comedy, skewed by Greenaway's anger and desire to manipulate. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This visually intricate fantasia combines his (Greenaway's) extraordinary cinematic imagination with a story and characters less compelling than those in his best works. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Seethes with cruel lust and brainy fancy. show more

  • 63
    Miami Herald

    With its convoluted pretentiousness, heavy use of metaphors and obscure references to art, fails to maintain interest. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The problem with 8 1/2 Women isn't that what you see is what you get; it's that what you see is all you get. show more

  • 38
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Greenaway's film is about making people's jaws drop. show more

  • 25
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    It's downright boring. show more

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