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The Women Reviews

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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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 15, 2008
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 12, 2008
One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
September 12, 2008
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 12, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 12, 2008
What was then snappy dialogue from meowing madams acting out a morality play on everything that stinks about haute society now flaccidly flaps, lost in translation from old world to new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
While the actors do what they can, too many characters come off as concepts, not people.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2008
Even those who never saw Cukor's movie will feel something is missing in English's version. Yes, some of what's missing is humor and snappy dialogue, but that could be forgiven, if only some of the characters were more believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 12, 2008
You go, girls. Preferably as far away as possible.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 12, 2008
The tried-and-true characters still strike sparks. And even if the best parts are warmed over, the dish is still great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 12, 2008
A total disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 12, 2008
It's not every movie that makes you wish Vin Diesel would run in and start blowing up stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 12, 2008
Fourteen years in the making, The Women marks a serviceable directorial debut for English.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 12, 2008
Of all the freedoms that women have rightly earned, aping the worst of male behaviour needn't rank high among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 12, 2008
Hopefully that audience won't be fooled by this cast's potential and the clever concept; the final product here is anything but fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 12, 2008
It hurts especially to watch Ms. Bening and Candice Bergen (who plays Mary's mother) lend their wit and dignity to a project that has so little of its own.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 12, 2008
What a pleasure this movie is, showcasing actresses I've admired for a long time, all at the top of their form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
September 12, 2008
'What do you think this is, some kind of 1930s movie?' Mary bellows at her mother at one point. If only it were.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2008
Ryan, barely refining her When Harry Met Sally persona, is a dud.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 12, 2008
The movie is a work of ambivalence. Is English making fun of these women? Or is she making a pilot for Lifetime? It's hard to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 12, 2008
English spent 12 years slaving to get her remake green-lighted, an astounding output of time and energy for a person to spend on a movie they don't understand.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 11, 2008
An ensemble this good guarantees some lively moments, but the film's outdated message seems more empowering for men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 11, 2008
In writing this I feel like a hung jury. My final verdict on The Women: Enjoyed, not overjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 11, 2008
Is it an exaggeration to call The Women the worst movie of the year? Well, yeah, probably. But it may be the most disappointing, given all the effort that went into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2008
It's hard to say what's sadder, that The Women's intended audience had to wait 14 years for a film like this or that that long wait has been almost for naught.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 11, 2008
Despite its proud legacy and promising cast, The Women is a miscarriage of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 11, 2008
The original was a tart dipped in acid; this one's a biscuit sprinkled in Splenda.
| Original Score: D+
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 11, 2008
A big-name cast of actresses gives it a go, but everyone from Meg Ryan as the cheated-on wife to Eva Mendes as the home-wrecking perfume girl struggles with a script that resists being crowbarred into the 21st century.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
September 11, 2008
Diane English's abysmal remake of George Cukor's 1939 femme classic will have fans of the original growing claws.
| Original Score: 2/6
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 11, 2008
The Women isn't terrible. There's too much talent here for that, even if it's displayed unevenly. But it's something that might be even worse: unnecessary, at least as long as you can rent the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 11, 2008
Cukor's tone and timing are missing: It's as if English has included all the boutiques but none of the bite.
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 10, 2008
The Women is such an arduous patchwork of 'issues' it ends up a Frankenstein's monster of a chick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 10, 2008
As much as I enjoy current actresses like Ms. Bening and Ms. Ryan even in a lost cause, I cannot recommend the latest reenactment of The Women as anything special.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 9, 2008
English struggles trying to create the kind of feel-good experience that seems to come so naturally to femme helmers like Nancy Meyers and Nora Ephron.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2008
These women are ready for action, but the fur never flies.