Woman on Top 2000

Woman on Top

Critics Consensus

Despite Penelope Cruz's beauty and charm, the movie is too tepid to be a romance and too silly to be believable. And the movie is too eager to please with an ending that seems more like a cop out.

35%

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Total Count: 98

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Set to the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil, "Woman on Top" is a spicy, sexy comedy about the magic of food, love and music. Meet Isabella, a sultry enchantress born with the special gift of melting the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break free from her rocky marriage and the stifling kitchen of her husband's restaurant in Brazil, she spirits off to San Francisco in pursuit of her dreams of a real culinary career.

Cast & Crew

Penélope Cruz
Isabella Oliveira
Murilo Benício
Toninho Oliveira
Anne Ramsay
TV Director
Ana Gasteyer
Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro
Isabella at Age 2
Thais De Sa Curvelo
Isabella at Age 5
Eliana Guttman
Isabella's Mother
Augusto Case
Executive Producer
Preta Gil
Executive Producer
Bronwen Hughes
Executive Producer
Elisa Tolomelli
Executive Producer
Fina Torres
Executive Producer
Thierry Arbogast
Cinematographer
Leslie Jones
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Critic Reviews for Woman on Top

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (64)

Audience Reviews for Woman on Top

  • Apr 20, 2013
    A cook moves from Brazil to San Francisco after she catches her husband cheating. Motifs of sex, food, and voodoo comprise the plots of this light-hearted fairy tale. Penelope Cruz plays a woman who is so prone to motion sickness that she can only enjoy sex if she is on top, which drives her husband into the arms of another woman. The only way such a plot is remotely believable is if one suspends all disbelief. My brain is capable of such deceptive gymnastics. Instead, I found the film's light-hearted whimsy annoying and worthy of more than one eyeroll. Cruz is sexy and fun, but into the second act, I felt that she had ceased to care as much as I. Overall, unless foolish farce is your thing, stay the hell away from this film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2010
    Other than crazy sexy Penelope Cruz, I think Harold Perrineau was my favorite part! Sassy crossdresser. Fab! However, I think the story kinda lacked and shouldn't have ended like it did (she went back to the jerk who cheated on her?! Really?!) ... BUT! I did like the fairytale aspect of it (I'm such a sucker for that kind of stuff) and it was pretty sexy.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2009
    Not very funny, not very cute, not extremely entertaining. Guess I just didn't get it.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2008
    Rich in culture and Cruz is practically oozing her sensuality onto the screens. This is a delightful movie about brazilian culture and how food can be made with so much love. A must see.
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer

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