8 1/2 Women
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From Peter Greenaway, one of Britain's most controversial directors, 8 1/2 Women is a laconic black comedy that examines the age-old phenomenon of male sexual fantasy, its roots and consequences. A rich businessman from Geneva acquires eight and a half pachinko parlors in Kyoto, Japan. They are run by his son who is fascinated by earthquakes. When the father's beloved wife dies, the son takes him to see Federico Fellini's film 8 1/2 to distract him from his grief and rekindle some interest in the opposite sex. Inspired by Fellini's vision, they bring eight and a half women from… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The headscratching weirdness doesn't gel into a discernible emotional point."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Greenaway probes his idiosyncratic ideas about male fantasies, father and son relationships, chance, money,and revenge."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"By misusing his female cast (perhaps as an attempt to undercut notions of archetypes), Greenaway ends up just as guilty as the male protagonists he is critiquing."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Boring bit of European soft porn featuring characters who never stop talking about their private parts, the private parts of others, and sex."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Greenaway is always worth a look, but this one is more disorganized and half-baked than most of his work."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Though the film has little more to offer than sex, little of it is actually shown, but there is a great deal of nudity. And, at times the shear oddity of it all is amusing."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Felt so much like attending a tedious college lecture in a Fellini 101 course in perversity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More than a couple taboos are broken in 8 1/2 Women and as many more are at least badly battered."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Demands an awful lot of fortitude on the way to a relatively strong and even touching final reel."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"8 1/2 Women is a Greenaway film through and through -- intriguing to fans and maddening to the uninitiated."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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