Woman on Top
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Love, sex, and food combine in this sensuous romantic comedy. Isabella (Penelope Cruz) is a master chef who suffers from severe motion sickness, requiring her to be in control of her movements at all times. This need extends to the bedroom, but her husband Tonino (Murilo Benicio), who owns the restaurant where she works, doesn't like to make love in the fashion suggested by the title. This is hardly the only thing about their relationship that she finds stifling, and when Isabella discovers Tonino in bed with another woman, she leaves for America, where with the help of cross-dressing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Short and sweet, it's suitable for a date night that includes both a movie and dinner."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Penelope Cruz and little else in this so-so comedy"
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Wildly mediocre."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"For a film whose title implies female empowerment, Woman On Top is really about motion sickness."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Does nothing for gender or culture politics, but it's peppy and colorful, so you might enjoy parts even if you really shouldn't."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A romantic fairy tale that's light and in several ways seductive, if not exactly filling. Still, there's always something enticing for the eye."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
""Woman On Top" is a chick flick with so much colorfully spicy Brazilian food being passed around as a shared aphrodisiac, that audience couples will be running out the cinema for food and bed."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"May remind you of Like Water For Chocolate without the tragedy and subtitles."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Magical realism spins out of control in 'Woman on Top.'"
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Everything might come together, too, were it not for terrible writing, marginal acting, some bewildering lapses of logic, and a fatal smugness."
‑ Bill Gallo, New Times
"Cruz is bewitching all through the movie, but her beauty and charm have to pull a heavy train of cliches and inevitable developments."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Cruz smolders with sexuality."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"How is it possible for a movie about two hot Latin lovers and spicy South American food, to be so bland?"
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Woman on Top es una divertida fábula acerca del poder del Amor. Simplona...pero romántica."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"Deeply bogus stuff, from a filmmaker who knows better (Celestial Mechanics), and an actress who is too talented to let herself be exploited like this."
‑ Dave Kehr, Citysearch
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