A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) Reviews

March 2, 2018
Fantastic is one word for it, another would be outstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 1, 2018
Although the 21st-century issue of transphobia is the context of the story, it's one that anyone who has felt unwelcomed for any reason can watch with understanding and sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2018
"A Fantastic Woman" is the role of a lifetime for Vega, but let's hope it's just the start of a career, not the end.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 22, 2018
"A Fantastic Woman" is a superb Chilean drama, at times infuriating but never despairing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2018
In our increasingly polarized time, "A Fantastic Woman" bridges the gap between ignorance and understanding through the transcendent power of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 22, 2018
[A] gently heart-wrenching, quietly furious movie ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 22, 2018
"A Fantastic Woman" becomes a delicate, moving study of grief, of quiet triumph over adversity, of adjusting to life's empty spaces - and learning to fill them with love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2018
It shows how thinking of a person in terms of his or her physical condition can have a harmful effect on that person, limiting his or her sense of self.
February 12, 2018
The film's great triumph is Daniela Vega, a transgender actress and singer, who makes an indelible impression in the leading role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2018
A Fantastic Woman trumpets its intentions in its very title. It should not have been necessary to exalt Marina in order to give her passion and turmoil their due.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 9, 2018
A quietly honest centre never wavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2018
At its core, A Fantastic Woman is the story of genuine love, something requires no definition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2018
Its clarity of purpose translates to an effectively lean and straightforward story of adversity and survival, in any language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2018
"A Fantastic Woman" serves as a gentle reminder that we all contain multitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
February 6, 2018
Someone who can navigate all that, and remain resilient, assertive, even charismatic? Yes - she's a fantastic woman.
February 2, 2018
Lelio crafts a world that's realistically, distressingly unfair, violent and dark. But with Vega in the lead, her arresting screen charisma lends itself to some truly lovely and wonderful bits of fire and magic.
| Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2018
A tremendous portrait of grief and prejudice.
February 2, 2018
... one of those movies that derives power from its simplicity, conveying the discrimination against its transgender heroine in a way culls from a long history of such portrayals and yet somehow manages to feel fresh and relevant
February 2, 2018
Lelio approaches this material with sensitivity and empathy. There's restraint in his style, eloquent as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 1, 2018
What lifts argument into art is Ms. Vega's performance...
Top Critic
February 1, 2018
It's a reminder that as much as a film can open doors, there are places we're allowed into only by the grace of our hosts, and that permission can be withdrawn at any moment.
January 31, 2018
It's [Daniela] Vega's extraordinary performance, full of grace and depth, that keeps "A Fantastic Woman" in check from becoming something either too campy or too sanctimonious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2018
This indelibly moving film - Chile's entry in the Oscar race for Best Foreign film - features a performance of surpassing beauty and tenderness from Daniela Vega, an openly transgender actress seizing her moment with stirring authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2018
Marina's dehumanization is gradually followed by her reclamation of her dignity. It's a toe-tingling triumph.
January 30, 2018
A cry for compassion that marries the fierce conviction of Boys Don't Cry with the defiant self-expression of a Pedro Almodóvar drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2018
It's heartbreaking, illuminating, and yes, fantastic, just to watch her live.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 22, 2018
Lelio's own stance, in short, could not be clearer; dramatically, though, it has a flattening effect, and we soon realize how few surprises lie in store.
November 16, 2017
The most plausible element, the foundation on which the movie rests and finally soars, is Vega's magnetic and meticulously controlled performance.
November 15, 2017
The title of Sebastián Lelio's new film might seem a bit on the nose. It's a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done.
November 14, 2017
Like Lelio's breakthrough film, Gloria, A Fantastic Woman is at its most compelling as a conventional character study of an unconventional female lead.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 14, 2017
When she finally achieves the small recompense she seeks, it's a visceral relief. I just wish Vega and Lelio let us in a little more to see her as an individual, aside from the hostility she encounters.
Top Critic
October 11, 2017
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio and star Daniela Vega give the growing bracket of transgender drama a new, luminous touchstone work.
September 14, 2017
The result is a rare movie about a trans person that - for better or worse - feels of its time, and not at least a half-step behind.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 13, 2017
Ravishing.