8 1/2
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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 becomes worried about his physical and mental condition. The rest is ruined by a constant procession of aspiring actors and actresses, scatter-brained writers and sniveling yes-men, all clamoring to be in his next production. Flashbacks tell his life story in the form of a retrospective psychological profile of the tortured genius filmmaker. Federico Fellini is… More
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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
More reviews for 8 1/2 on Rotten Tomatoes

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