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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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

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

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
Carlos Magalhães
Fellini takes his existential musings from La Dolce Vita to a radical level with this fascinatingly intimate and gorgeous exercise in self-reflection (the title… 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
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

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