8 1/2
8 1/2 (1963)

Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) is a famous film director who is totally exhausted after completing his latest film. He is tired of his wife, bored with his mistress, and in need of a restful vacation. He retreats to a health spa after he… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 4, 2001
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98%
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92%


Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inventive, thought-provoking, and funny, 8 1/2 represents the arguable peak of Federico Fellini's many towering feats of cinema.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is a complex and painfully honest study of a man in a personal and professional crisis.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Brian Case
Time Out

Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.

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Sean Burns
Movie Mezzanine

...8 1/2 is seriously funny.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Finely executed picture 8 1/2 is a splendid film experience that boasts a great cast, brilliant direction and a wonderful story. Shot in gorgeous Black… More
Sam Barnett
Like the troubled director at the core of the story, and the actual director, 8 1/2 kind of roams aimlessly for a long time. Yet, when it finally tells us… More
Bathsheba Monk
An author trying to find his story. I saw this movie in an art house when I was a kid and didn't get it. I didn't understand the imagery. I… More
Melvin White
Guido: All the confusion of my life... has been a reflection of myself! Myself as I am, not as I'd like to be.  "A picture that goes beyond what men… More
Greg S
A movie director is trying to make a film but he's constantly being interrupted by doubts, personal problems, flashbacks and dream sequences. This… More
Emily Armstrong
Oof. It's hard to know what to make of this movie. It's got extremely severe pacing problems, and just when you think that the film has run out of… More

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