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The Women (2008)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 125

The Women is a toothless remake of the 1939 classic, lacking the charm, wit and compelling protagonists of the original.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 35

The Women is a toothless remake of the 1939 classic, lacking the charm, wit and compelling protagonists of the original.



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Mary Haines is a clothing designer who seems to have it all--a beautiful country home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father's venerable clothing company. Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler, leads another enviable life--a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York's cutting edge. But when Mary's husband


Drama, Comedy

Diane English

Dec 19, 2008


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (125) | DVD (4)

The classic 1939 film adaptation... worth seeing again and again. This is not.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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I love women in real life but at the movies I hated The Women.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The funniest thing about The Women is that Mick Jagger is one of the producers. There was a knowing laugh in the theatre as his name sprang up in the opening credits -- our last chance to laugh, as it turned out, for the next two hours.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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In the end, English just wants to make a nice chick flick with some sassy lines. Genuine nastiness has been eliminated, while not-very-funny banter is retained.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Though aspects of the 1939 comedy seem silly and shrill now, they were at least consistently entertaining. Where the original was deliciously loopy and melodramatic fun, this one is watered-down, sappy and earnest.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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The 1930s original feels more cutting-edge than this re-do.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

The cinematic equivalent of yoga-class muzak

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

This is the movie Diane English fought to get made the last 15 years?

February 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

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January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The Women is not perfect, and the best way to enjoy it is as a showcase for some of the top female acting talent of the day.

December 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...a spectacularly dull film.

December 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Everything has been smoothed out to the point of tepidity.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

A lazy film that makes the most obvious points about the war between the sexes and, as a result, makes the characters much less interesting than they might have been.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

I'm afraid I could neither laugh at, nor take seriously, most of this movie.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Containing as much wisdom as it does wit, English's sparkling screenplay takes what was a fairly shallow story and creates a snapshot of modern (albeit wealthy) women's lives.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Even a dream cast has to have the right material to work with. As well as a filmmaker who can bring out the best in them.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Actually quite an acceptable, enjoyable midrange chick flick that hasn't quite deserved the critical drubbing it has received in the States.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

If you don't take it seriously -- and I don't think it's meant to be taken seriously -- there is enjoyment to be had from these contemporary women.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Any film about a group of women -- friends or not -- gets my attention. Fireworks are guaranteed. Sure enough, Diane English makes her feature debut with a classic, filling it with a ripper cast, each of whom adds their weight in TNT to the detonations.

October 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A juicy exploration of women's roles in the 21st century -- at work, at home and in the bedroom and although men figure in the storyline (natch), it is women-only who grace the screen. Three generations of them.

October 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Meg Ryan is really good in this, but besides that THE WOMEN is a chick flick that's the very reason why guys hate them.

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

"The Women" is a grand old dame that shrugs off time as easily as signing a credit card receipt.

October 8, 2008 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

While The Women provides an evening of laughter and some points to ponder, relationships work only when all involved are willing to sacrifice for one another.

September 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for The Women

Really, really crap!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Cast: Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Natasha Alam, Carrie Fisher, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, Annette Bening

Director: Diane English

Summary: Shocked by the discovery that their pal Mary's (Meg Ryan) husband is having an affair with a beautiful young shop girl (Eva Mendes), a tight-knit circle of New York socialites comes up with a devious plan to help Mary win back her man.

My Thoughts: "Great cast of female actresses. Some had strong performances some not as strong. But I enjoyed the story and the friendships between the girls. This is a girl driven film that I am not sure any guy will want to watch, unless forced to by their better half. But I must say, if I was to come face to face with my husbands mistress there would be little conversation happening. But I guess the way Mary Haines handles it is a bit more classy. I just don't have patience for talking when I see red lol. It's a funny film with strong females. Great chick flick."
April 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

This remake of George Cukor's 1939 version in the plot is full of women only in the screen, none of men hanging around and chewing up on screen time, but except in the voice on the telephone conversations and give birth a baby boy at the final scene.
I like the cast are Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett-Smith fit on their roles well. Messing's character is funny and cute and could have really had a good storyline to go along with Mary's (Ryan) marital woes but they give her next to nothing other than a few good lines and funny moments.
There is strong comedic acting in some of the supporting roles, including Cloris Leachman, Eve Mendes, Candice Bergen and Bette Milder. Carrie Fisher gets points for playing her entire scene while furiously pumping a workout machine.
This isn't great movie, but how could it be? Too many characters and too much melodrama for that, and the comedy has to be somewhat muted to make the characters semi-believable. But as a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.
March 21, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

this sucked really bad. F
July 30, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Alex Fisher: Excuse me, our friend is having a baby. We need a room now, so we need you guys to hurry up. [Nurse] - Does she have insurance? She doesn't need insurance. Have four, get the fifth one free. Get her a room.
    – Submitted by Karen Y (21 months ago)
    1. Edie Cohen: I wanna keep going until I get a boy.
    2. Alex Fisher: Don't we have enough of those?
    – Submitted by Karen Y (21 months ago)
    1. Sylvie Fowler: Weren't you taking some puppet-making class?
    2. Edie Cohen: Let me tell you something. Weird crowd of people, the puppet people.
    – Submitted by Karen Y (21 months ago)
    1. Catherine Frazier: I ordered you a gimlet. I know you don't drink in the afternoon, but you will eventually, so why not start now?
    – Submitted by Karen Y (21 months ago)
    1. Catherine Frazier: Don't be bitter. It leads to Botox.
    – Submitted by Karen Y (21 months ago)
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