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8 Women (8 Femmes) Reviews

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Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The film weaves visual elegance, lesbian subtext, six hilariously inappropriate song-and-dance numbers and a flair for chiffon into a showcase for leading ladies of French cinema past and present.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 9, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Seduction is more important than deduction in this chic display of star quality to the eighth power.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 9, 2013
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 9, 2013
Erin Podolsky
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A dubious proposition for the Francophobic, but it acquits itself with a script so ridiculous that it can't help but be engaging.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 9, 2013
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

8 Women is meant to be a sampler with the likes of Deneuve, Darrieux, Huppert, Ardant and Beart as its treats. But the confectioner has arrived at pretty poison.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 9, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Pure joy. That's what you will feel as you float out of the theater after seeing this wacky musical whodunit starring several of France's most accomplished and best known actresses.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

December 9, 2013
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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A note of genuine sadness sneaks through at the end, but for the most part, enjoying 8 Women involves coming to terms with its artificiality and learning to appreciate it from a distance. Behind all that thick glass, it's still a work of art.

Full Review Source: AV Club

December 9, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 9, 2013
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

December 9, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The French screen royalty assembled by Ozon and the film's sheer exuberance in its own artifice make this a delight from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 4, 2012
Michael Dequina

An Agatha Christie drawing room mystery crossed with the '50s setting and melodrama of Douglas Sirk crossed with the musicality of Jacques Demy with some Aaron Spelling bitchery thrown in for good measure.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 28, 2008


There cannot be many people who wouldn't want to pay to see Deneuve smash a bottle over the head of an old woman in a wheelchair.

Full Review Source: Film4

December 10, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Frothy, racy frivolity starring such French all-stars as Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Béart.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Lisa Nesselson
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Ozon's notion of derision is perfectly carried out by his multi-generational name cast.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 11, 2008
Boyd van Hoeij

Klopt elementen van een Agatha Christie whodunnit, een frivole chansonmusical en de kleurrijke melodramas van Douglas Sirk op tot een luchtige souffle, als is de kooktijd wel wat lang.

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October 2, 2007

Time Out
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This is a style of camp so broad that even the most bovine straight can get it.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

We have powerful chemistry between Fanny Ardant and Catherine Deneuve in a film that does its trivial thing with real aplomb.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2003
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

Some may find Ozon's rigorously clever deconstruction of so many conventions a little too French for their tastes, but cineasts and worshippers of les femmes at their most fatales will find this farce wonderfully fierce.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2003
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Excepcional policial-comédia-drama-musical com um elenco fabuloso, direção de arte e figurinos notáveis e direção firme e elegante de Ozon.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2003
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

In a film season dominated by male-oriented action flicks, 8 Women provides the feminine charm and sophistication to soothe the film-loving connoisseur in all of us.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2003
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