8 Women (8 Femmes) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

8 Women (8 Femmes) Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 9, 2013
Seduction is more important than deduction in this chic display of star quality to the eighth power.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 9, 2013
For all the tumultuous entrances and flouncing exits, the eight principals manage maybe three laughs among them.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 9, 2013
A note of genuine sadness sneaks through at the end, but for the most part, enjoying 8 Women involves coming to terms with its artificiality and learning to appreciate it from a distance. Behind all that thick glass, it's still a work of art.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 9, 2013
The cast is the main attraction in Francois Ozon's witty, even touching 8 Women.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 9, 2013
The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2012
The French screen royalty assembled by Ozon and the film's sheer exuberance in its own artifice make this a delight from beginning to end.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 11, 2008
Ozon's notion of derision is perfectly carried out by his multi-generational name cast.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
January 26, 2006
This is a style of camp so broad that even the most bovine straight can get it.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 10, 2002
Ozon plainly worships the idea of the grand dame, and the movie allows him both to honor and deride his own devotion.
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Sheila Norman-Culp
Associated Press
November 9, 2002
A delectable, frothy, often over-the-top 1950s murder mystery by director Francois Ozon.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 6, 2002
A mess? You bet, but one that's not without its pleasures.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 25, 2002
For pure camp, intentional or otherwise, this is right up there with The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 8, 2002
It is our awareness that five of the brightest French stars have come together to have fun that makes the picture bubble.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 4, 2002
Visually, it adores the women it introduces. Emotionally and intellectually, it mocks them.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 4, 2002
For French film fans, this is the equivalent of Bob Dylan, the surviving Beatles and the Rolling Stones jamming in the studio with an adoring producer behind the glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
October 4, 2002
The acting is such a delight, with each actress nailing her respective personality type with appropriate flair and finesse, that it breathes with life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 2002
Weightless entertainment that's both camp and true.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2002
It's more of a graduate seminar kind of fun than a Singin' in the Rain kind of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 2, 2002
Simply to name the eight actresses ... is to indulge in an iconic incantation that has less to do with traditional film criticism than with spiritual speculation on the eloquent intimations of immortality in the ageless cinema of faces.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 27, 2002
Yes, it's over the top, giddy and parodistic (God bless it). But it also takes a thoughtful, if surreptitious, look at what eight women might act like when men aren't around.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 27, 2002
A gorgeous, if disjointed, spectacle, made endurable -- if not entirely comprehensible -- by its eye-popping cast.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 27, 2002
It's quite the fun group to be stranded with -- unless you happen to be male, rich and in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 27, 2002
It's a big puffy French pastry of a movie: light, airy, silly, not especially memorable, but delicious while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002
A movie that is so original, so funny, so alive with drama, intrigue, mystery and colors that you want to see it again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2002
8 Women may not plumb the depths of the female psyche, but it's stylish and frivolous in the most profound ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 27, 2002
Its silly, mannered contrivances nonetheless cast a nostalgic spell, and you find yourself drawn helplessly into the loopy, nonsensical story with strangely fretful anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2002
Watching 8 Women, you have a silly grin half of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 27, 2002
Even if some of the references are inscrutable, a lot of 8 Women is a riot.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 26, 2002
Whatever you call this one-of-a-kind bonbon spiked with wit and malice, it's classic oo-la-la.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2002
An ebullient toast to grande dames: part homage, part camp, all artifice and a thoroughly entertaining, if light, confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 26, 2002
Under the pretense of casting a spell of wonder, mystery, joy and despair, all Ozon has really done is set up a dry, lifeless environment in which ironic detachment -- the arch-enemy of all great art -- can flourish like a stingy cactus.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 20, 2002
Who did it is less important to Ozon than a lampooning of the Sirkian aesthetic of pure artifice, but there's too much irony in the air for him to spin anything but the most brittle of confections.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
September 20, 2002
Inept, tedious kitsch that even at its best feels like John Waters minus the joie de vivre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
September 20, 2002
Ozon whips up performances of this stellar cast to good effect.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 19, 2002
Indefensible, cynical, even grotesque; it is also pure -- that is to say innocent and uncorrupted -- fun.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2002
Although it starts off vaguely amusing, 8 Women grows progressively sour, curdled by the filmmakers' bad faith and lack of compassion.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 19, 2002
The sum of the movie's parts amounts to a starstruck director entertaining himself more than he entertains us.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 18, 2002
Offers as much delicious enjoyment to the viewer as it obviously did to the cast and crew when they were assembling it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4