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½ May 27, 2015
A mediocre and dated film that has benefited over time for capturing Brooklyn and NYC at a very grim moment in its era. A time capsule movie.
July 4, 2011
Underrated underwatched - - yes, it's tedious, but so is 8 1/2. Shirley Maclaine, pitch perfect, writes a textbook in the art of cinematic understatement. It's dated, sometimes stereotypical (think Taxi Driver), but important to watch - - if only because it is an incredibly faithful rendering of a superb American novella. Marshall Portnoy, Penn Valley, Pennsylvania
Super Reviewer
December 21, 2010
A good cast, but a predictable and boring story, it's very similar to other movies that came out around the same time. It's not that bad, though, it's just not good either.
February 21, 2009
A decent but morally exhausted married couple deals with the inevitable onslaught of disillusionment and paranoia in middle-aged urban life. If you find the film exhausting, take that as a sign that it's point is being made.
October 31, 2008
Really good movie from the early 70's. Sophie & Otto are a conventional couple living in Brooklyn and their cozy traditional world is slowly threatened by the shadow of the new upcoming decade; drugs, violence, homeless people & peep shows are right at their door... Shirley MacLaine is very good as the disturbed housewife persuaded she had been infected with rabies.
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