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The Women Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 11, 2008
Ryan and Bening seem lost, desperate to convey emotions that they can't access, and English only gives them stale power-woman stereotypes to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 11, 2008
It's a movie of one-shots, with the ladies staying in their flattering light, delivering their lines to someone who reacts to that clever line in the next one-shot.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
September 12, 2008
English has shown herself to be an adept, perceptive, and at times funny writer, but too little of that is on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 12, 2008
In spite of the casting and honorable revamps, it feels more dated than the 1939 original did for its time period.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2008
[English] has reduced one of the wittiest women's comedies ever made to just another ho-hum chick flick.
September 9, 2008
The Women clangs with so many false moments that you practically leave the theater with tinnitus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 11, 2008
A remake of a movie from the 1930s, but it seems like a throwback to the Stone Age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
The cinematic equivalent of yoga-class muzak
September 12, 2008
Reinterpreting a 1939 film through a modern day lens -- how's the fit? Like a size ten foot squeezing into a size 4 Manolo slingback, it limps. Painfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2008
A mess.
| Original Score: 1/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
September 12, 2008
Do we really need another climactic hospital sequence with a shrieking mom giving birth? And what would Carrie Bradshaw & Co. have done with this same story?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 12, 2008
This remake feels more like a Sex and the City knockoff than a reinvention of Cukor's classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Chris Barsanti
September 12, 2008
Diane English's version of "The Women" barely nudges from its Martha Stewart interiors, exchanging insights for platitudes. It's a cup of lukewarm tea, without even a biscuit on the side.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
The classic 1939 film adaptation... worth seeing again and again. This is not.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
I love women in real life but at the movies I hated The Women.
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
September 29, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
The most disappointing aspect of The Women is how few laughs it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
September 7, 2008
The original version of The Women, shrill and campy as it can be, is miles ahead of this remake when it comes to issues of class and social maneuvering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
September 11, 2008
If you changed the names and added an Irving, this could be the movie version of 'Cathy,' with women trying on bathing suits and saying 'Ack!'
Full Review | Original Score: D
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