Skip to main content


Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    An irredeemably dull tale. show more

  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Filth & Wisdom is dead in the water, an excruciating bore even at a compact 84 minutes. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Madonna's directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, feels more like a collection of scenes than a fully drawn film. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Impossibly arty and, at times, narratively incoherent, Filth and Wisdom still has its goofy charms. show more

  • NA
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    An atrocious mess. show more

  • 20
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Ragged, uneven and potholed with some dire dialogue and performances. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A pointless exercise in "shocking" behavior. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's rather sweet to think of Filth and Wisdom as Madonna's reconnection to her own boho Manhattan striver self a generation ago, and I did enjoy the last five minutes or so, when the movie essentially stopped and Hutz's band, Gogol Bordello, took over. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Worst of all, the movie's simply not very shocking. Madonna has made a career out of toying with image and ego, but this is a vanity project in the smallest sense possible. show more

  • 25
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Reportedly, the movie began life as a short film, and if it actually ran for 22 minutes with a few commercial breaks, like a good sitcom should, Filth and Wisdom could be bearable. At 84 minutes, the movie feels both overpadded and underdeveloped. show more

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings