The Women Reviews

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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.
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.
September 12, 2008
Ryan, barely refining her When Harry Met Sally persona, is a dud.
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.
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.
September 12, 2008
It's so flat and unfunny it makes Sex and the City sound like Billy Wilder.
September 12, 2008
The Women has a cast to die for - Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher - in a film that dies before our eyes.
September 12, 2008
Once English has wheeled on Carrie Fisher and - horror of horrors - Bette Midler in a wildly unnecessary cameo, all momentum and fun have emigrated to another planet.
September 11, 2008
An ensemble this good guarantees some lively moments, but the film's outdated message seems more empowering for men.
September 11, 2008
In writing this I feel like a hung jury. My final verdict on The Women: Enjoyed, not overjoyed.
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.
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.
September 11, 2008
The original was a tart dipped in acid; this one's a biscuit sprinkled in Splenda.
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.
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.
September 11, 2008
Diane English's abysmal remake of George Cukor's 1939 femme classic will have fans of the original growing claws.
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.
September 11, 2008
A costly and bemusing disaster. Dull is too kind a word.
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.
September 11, 2008
It is difficult to determine whether this adaptation of the old Clare Boothe Luce play, and the 1939 George Cukor film version of it, is a calculated insult to all women or just a poorly directed effort to understand the fair sex.
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