Woman on Top
Woman on Top (2000)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 22, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Penelope Cruz's beauty and charm, the movie is too tepid to be a romance and too silly to be believable. And the movie is too eager to please with an ending that seems more like a cop out.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Flavor? Amusingly piquant with traces of honey. Aftertaste? Thin.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Cruz is bewitching all through the movie, but her beauty and charm have to pull a heavy train of cliches and inevitable developments.

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Cole Smithey

"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.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Short and sweet, it's suitable for a date night that includes both a movie and dinner.

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A dish that's pretty easy to swallow, but if it could have borrowed some of Isabella's more potent spices, it might have boasted a more lasting flavor.

Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Cruz smolders with sexuality.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Penelope Cruz and little else in this so-so comedy

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John Venable

Wildly mediocre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A cook moves from Brazil to San Francisco after she catches her husband cheating. Motifs of sex, food, and voodoo comprise the plots of this light-hearted fairy… More
Marcus Woolcott
FUCK!!!! Damn stupid film! It was going brilliantly: Penelope falls in love with Mr. handsome, slick and smooth, he treats her like crap, so she leaves and then… More
Jennifer D
Other than crazy sexy Penelope Cruz, I think Harold Perrineau was my favorite part! Sassy crossdresser. Fab! However, I think the story kinda lacked and… More
Ina S
Sooo, Penelope plays a very bad, very stereotypical Brazilian. So the movie is cheesy and very very predictable. But you know what? Penelope is so hot in this,… More
Leigh Ryan
It was alright.
Leo L