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8 1/2 Reviews

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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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 6, 2006
a true masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 29, 2005
Fellini's manic, larger-than-life 8 1/2 rules as the king of all Italian movies.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 20, 2005
Fellini was so incredibly creative that when he was mentally blocked, he turned his inner struggle into a phenomenal masterpiece of introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
November 25, 2004
Astute beyond words.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
November 22, 2004
Fellini's flights into the surreal are his self-examination and confession. Alas, unlike Bergman, his confession is without moral rigor; he wants to be indulged, not absolved.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
Most overrated film of all time.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 21, 2003
One of the undisputed classics of modern international film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
January 28, 2003
8 1/2 is widely regarded as Federico Fellini's masterpiece, though it is an abstract admittance of failure. (The film, however, has few faults it does not itself admit - a benefit of a film containing its own critic).
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 18, 2001
a wonderfully self-indulgent meditation on creative blocks and personal crises
| Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
December 9, 2001
A seminal work of cinema.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
April 26, 2001
he effect is sometimes confusing -- but always beautiful -- and eventually intertwines to a singular life-confirming realisation that cuts through the madness and embraces it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
8 1/2 is the best film ever made about filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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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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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.

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
[A] brilliant, sumptuous semi-autobiographical account of the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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