8 1/2 Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 6, 2014
In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film.
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TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
Unless Fellini's problem has been preying on the mind of the viewer, he may not care to take on the director's doubts and confusions.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 9, 2007
It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 9, 2007
Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.
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Brian Case
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Here is a piece of entertainment that will really make you sit up straight and think, a movie endowed with the challenge of a fascinating intellectual game.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Somehow, the movie is more than the dated crisis of a naval-contemplating artist. It's about the inability in all of us to make sense of our lives, put it all together and come up with something meaningful.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Fellini] is that rare sort of artist who can be loved, revered and just barely tolerated, all at the same time.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The ensuing decades have brought forth a deluge of bogus masterpieces, and Fellini's, by comparison, holds up rather well.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Its opening [has] perhaps the greatest dream scene of all: Marcello Mastroianni's Guido stifled in a silent traffic jam, onlookers gazing blankly at him as he rises through the sunroof of his car, high into the sky. The rest of the film isn't too shabby.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
8 1/2 is the best film ever made about filmmaking.
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