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Fresh off of the international success of La Dolce Vita, master director Federico Fellini moved into the realm of self-reflexive autobiography with what is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini's alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large-scale production he has undertaken. He finds himself harangued by producers, his wife, and his mistress while he struggles to find the inspiration to finish his film. The stress plunges Guido into an interior world where fantasy and memory impinge on… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is a complex and painfully honest study of a man in a personal and professional crisis."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"A sprawling anything-goes portrait of the artist and the creative process in crisis."
‑ Steve Goldman, Empire Magazine
"gets to the core of creativity"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Unless Fellini's problem has been preying on the mind of the viewer, he may not care to take on the director's doubts and confusions."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat."
‑ Brian Case, Time Out
"...8 1/2 is seriously funny."
‑ Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine
"If a Fellini fan, this one is a must see."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... a delightful piece of filmmaking full of imaginative flights of creative delirium and accomplished with wit, verve, style, grace, and a tongue-in-cheek joy."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Here is a piece of entertainment that will really make you sit up straight and think, a movie endowed with the challenge of a fascinating intellectual game."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"8 1/2 is probably the most potent movie about film-making, within which fantasy and reality are mixed without obfuscation, and there's a tough argument that belies Fellini's usual felicitous flaccidity."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"A marvellous and immensely personal piece of self analysis, which journeys into the heart, mind and soul of its illustrious director, Frederico Fellini."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"There's no clean way to boil the characters of 8 1/2 down to their psychoanalytical essence."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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