8 Women (8 Femmes) Reviews

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October 3, 2002
It's more of a graduate seminar kind of fun than a Singin' in the Rain kind of fun.
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.
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.
September 27, 2002
A gorgeous, if disjointed, spectacle, made endurable -- if not entirely comprehensible -- by its eye-popping cast.
September 27, 2002
It's quite the fun group to be stranded with -- unless you happen to be male, rich and in the way.
September 27, 2002
It's a big puffy French pastry of a movie: light, airy, silly, not especially memorable, but delicious while it lasts.
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.
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.
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.
September 27, 2002
Watching 8 Women, you have a silly grin half of the time.
September 27, 2002
Even if some of the references are inscrutable, a lot of 8 Women is a riot.
September 26, 2002
Whatever you call this one-of-a-kind bonbon spiked with wit and malice, it's classic oo-la-la.
September 26, 2002
An ebullient toast to grande dames: part homage, part camp, all artifice and a thoroughly entertaining, if light, confection.
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.
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.
September 20, 2002
Ozon whips up performances of this stellar cast to good effect.
September 20, 2002
Inept, tedious kitsch that even at its best feels like John Waters minus the joie de vivre.
September 19, 2002
Indefensible, cynical, even grotesque; it is also pure -- that is to say innocent and uncorrupted -- fun.
September 19, 2002
Although it starts off vaguely amusing, 8 Women grows progressively sour, curdled by the filmmakers' bad faith and lack of compassion.
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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