Moves us now because it's so playful and the players are so young - and because later, when Godard tried to play for keeps, in his self-consciously radical films of the late '60s and '70s, he began to lose his game.
Godard's third feature film and his first in color, A Woman is a Woman is one of the most enjoyable of all the master's works.
There are a couple of absurdly nonchalant song-and-dance sequences, though mostly, Michel Legrand's sumptuous music swells in anticipation of showstoppers that never happen.
Anthony LaneThe New Yorker
More than forty years have passed since A Woman Is a Woman won the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for "originality, youth, audacity, impertinence." (When did you last see a movie that might warrant such an award?) [26 May 2003, p. 102]
Jessica WinterVillage Voice
Godard light, but not lite: Its breezy postures front for melancholia.
Only intermittently bright. Too much homage to Yank musicals and comedies point up the lack of polish.
Jonathan RosenbaumChicago Reader
While its slender plot (stripper Karina wants a baby and turns to Belmondo when her boyfriend Brialy won't oblige her) can irritate in spots, the film's high spirits may still win you over.
Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times
Slight and sometimes wearisome.
Phil HallFilm Threat
What may have seemed energetic and innovative four decades ago is fairly enervated today, and only the most rabid Godard fanatics will find reason to seek out its new theatrical re-release.