Matty Whitmore’s review published on Letterboxd:
I wish I could put the way I felt grated by this film down to impatience for the classics, avante-garde, surrealism or foreign language, but the truth is there are too many films that fit those descriptions that I adore, to make for a valid excuse. I couldn't help but feel the film is too chaotic to really find any grounding for the themes it puts forward. That's not to say a film can't simultaneously be chaotic and grounded, but the chaos needs to feel well-reasoned. The film jerks to and from its erratic surrealism and intimate romantic aspects with too much haste and too little intuitiveness for it to feel cohesive as a film. Lots of ideas, lots of creativity, no doubt lots of innovation, but upon first viewing at least, 8½ felt more alienating than it did human.