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8 1/2 Reviews

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TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
Unless Fellini's problem has been preying on the mind of the viewer, he may not care to take on the director's doubts and confusions.
Luke Channell
Little White Lies
March 17, 2016
A carnival of the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 31, 2003
| 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
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
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
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
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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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.
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.
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Variety Staff
July 9, 2007
Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.
Christopher Null
December 9, 2001
A seminal work of cinema.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 16, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
February 25, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 6, 2006
a true masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2012
If a Fellini fan, this one is a must see.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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