Reviews

Feb 11, 2020
Though he can't face up to the total case, we must be grateful to Fellini for having presented so much of it, and with such flair and exuberance.
Jun 26, 2018
Fellini keeps a grasp on his difficult form, creating some penetrating, witty, tragic moments.
May 1, 2015
A carnival of the soul.
Apr 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.
Apr 30, 2015
It exerts an irresistible pull.
Jan 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.
Jan 6, 2014
A sprawling anything-goes portrait of the artist and the creative process in crisis.
Jan 6, 2014
In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film.
Jan 13, 2010
There's no clean way to boil the characters of 8 1/2 down to their psychoanalytical essence.
Jul 9, 2007
It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.
Jul 9, 2007
Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.
Jun 24, 2006
Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.
Nov 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.
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.
Apr 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.
Jan 1, 2000
[Fellini] is that rare sort of artist who can be loved, revered and just barely tolerated, all at the same time.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2000
8 1/2 is the best film ever made about filmmaking.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2000
The ensuing decades have brought forth a deluge of bogus masterpieces, and Fellini's, by comparison, holds up rather well.