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The Women Review Critics


Dave White Profile

...full of hollow chuckles and crocodile tears and implausible sisterhood and a boldly defiant refusal to deliver comedy. Because laughing is sexist. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Defanged and drippy, the remake of 1939's The Women seems to have been made for the dullard granddaughters of the sassy, sharp society matrons in George Cukor's campy original.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is a feminist lesson instead of what it should have been (and once was): a tough, synthetic, high-gloss entertainment that wears its heart on its lacquered fingernails.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film repeatedly sacrifices dramatic punch for political correctness.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is Diane English's directing debut, and it shows. Also in evidence is her familiarity with television. The movie is shot like a TV show, with frequent intercut close-ups.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Imperfect remake doesn't live up to the original.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the content of this dramedy is actually on the tame side -- there's a little bit of swearing, drinking, and smoking, and some sex talk, but no outright nudity -- it deals with mature themes, including infidelity and betrayal. One of the casualties of adult characters' marital discord is their child, a painful issue that's handled with a certain flippancy that might be confusing for younger viewers, especially given that the tween in question appears to be truly struggling over her parents' problems. Also expect lots of shopping and label-dropping -- and more than a few jokes about already-thin women and girls needing to lose weight.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays women. Overall, do the characters come off positively or negatively? Do they seem realistic? Are their relationships with each other believable? What does the movie say about friendship? If you've seen the 1930s original, how does this one compare? Have the messages changed? Families can also discuss the real-life consequences of marital problems like infidelity.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A man cheats on his wife, though the act isn't shown, just alluded to. A woman makes no apologies for going after a married man. Another woman gossips about other people's affairs. A woman sells out her best friend to save her own job. A mother neglects her daughter in her grief over her breakup. A grown-up finds out that a tween is cutting classes and smoking cigarettes. A teen obsesses about her weight and people just laugh and dismiss her worries.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Two women confront each other; some screaming and yelling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some parading in lingerie; a woman lounges in a bubble bath; some frank talk about how to pleasure men in bed and about lesbian relationships.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "goddamn," "s--t," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Reads like a Saks Fifth Avenue catalog from the first five minutes onward. The store itself figures prominently, as do many of its wares; visible labels include Chanel, Burberry, etc. Also mentions of Grey Goose, Federal Express, Prada, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two women share a joint. Some drinking, mostly in social situations. A teen admits to smoking and flashes a pack of cigarettes.