8 1/2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

8 1/2 Reviews

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Luke Channell
Little White Lies
March 17, 2016
A carnival of the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue
December 12, 2015
8 1/2 is one of the great films about filmmaking.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani
Little White Lies
May 1, 2015
A carnival of the soul.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
April 30, 2015
Marcello Mastroianni becomes an avatar for the great Italian director Federico Fellini in the surreal cinematic self-interrogation that takes place in 8 1/2.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 30, 2015
It exerts an irresistible pull.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 13, 2014
This is a complex and painfully honest study of a man in a personal and professional crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Burns
Movie Mezzanine
August 7, 2014
At least half-kidding most of the time, it's a playful nervous breakdown, alight with ideas and joy.
Derek Malcolm
January 6, 2014
8 1/2 is probably the most potent movie about film-making, within which fantasy and reality are mixed without obfuscation, and there's a tough argument that belies Fellini's usual felicitous flaccidity.
Steve Goldman
Empire Magazine
January 6, 2014
A sprawling anything-goes portrait of the artist and the creative process in crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 6, 2014
In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2012
If a Fellini fan, this one is a must see.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A marvellous and immensely personal piece of self analysis, which journeys into the heart, mind and soul of its illustrious director, Frederico Fellini.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 5, 2010
gets to the core of creativity
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean Axmaker
January 13, 2010
... a delightful piece of filmmaking full of imaginative flights of creative delirium and accomplished with wit, verve, style, grace, and a tongue-in-cheek joy.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
January 13, 2010
There's no clean way to boil the characters of 8 1/2 down to their psychoanalytical essence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 18, 2009
Fellini has made many masterpieces, but this 1963 Oscar-winner is arguably one of his most brilliant and influential films, boasting a seminal performance from Marcello Mastroianni.
Full Review | Original Score: A

April 27, 2009
[A] fascinating and highly-influential masterpiece from Federico Fellini.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 9, 2007
It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.
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Variety Staff
July 9, 2007
Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.
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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.
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