Blue Jasmine Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 17, 2013
Lives constructed on pretense can only stand for so long. Watching them collapse is appalling but undeniably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
November 4, 2013
A sharply observed, post-economic crash comedy-drama that boasts a formidable performance by Cate Blanchett and addresses such pertinent real-world concerns as class, gender and corporate criminality in urban America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 17, 2013
You have to dig deep in Allen's back catalogue to find a single performance as affecting and well-judged as the one Cate Blanchett delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 9, 2013
It's narratively uneven but the occasional lapses of focus are rescued by Cate Blanchett's riveting lead performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2013
This also benefits from one of the strongest casts he's assembled in years: Cate Blanchett is exceptional in the lead, and there are strong supporting turns from Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, and (in a surprise dramatic turn) Andrew Dice Clay.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 9, 2013
Jasmine resembles one of those '50s wives -- widowed or dumped -- who find themselves with nary a skill to survive, or at least not in the manner they'd grown accustomed.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 9, 2013
Just when it seemed like Allen was going to settle for cranking out a comic bauble every year for the rest of his career, he comes up with a vital and vibrant knockout of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 9, 2013
As Jasmine's story is revealed, and as Blanchett manages the fragile mask of her character's sanity, the film builds to a mighty emotional pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 8, 2013
A wrenching portrait of a woman whose life has fallen apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2013
Blanchett is steady as she goes, delivering one of the most exhilarating performances of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2013
Despite some thin writing, it's Allen's weightiest work in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2013
Blanchett excels at every turn, from the haughty airs and headstrong sense of entitlement to the fragile and inevitable disintegration that made the hair on my arms stand up.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 8, 2013
There's never been a better director of women than Woody Allen. Actresses in his films have earned five Oscars from 11 nominations. Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" should make it an even dozen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 2, 2013
Allen is a famously hands-off director, and while this method succeeds on occasion, too many scenes in Blue Jasmine betray a directorial negligence.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 1, 2013
Blue Jasmine ranks with Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris at the top of Woody Allen's recent movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 1, 2013
Blanchett owns this movie as thoroughly as her character owns her delusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2013
Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. This is jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do. Every few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 1, 2013
It isn't always easy to watch. It isn't exactly fun (although parts are funny). Blanchett's performance sometimes overpowers the story. But it's an essential work in Allen's later canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 1, 2013
Plenty of fine actresses have delighted in Allen's snappish comic rhythms, which the writer never really loses, even in drama. Or in drama borrowed from Tennessee Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 1, 2013
It holds its own thanks to Blanchett's stunning take on Jasmine, whose incandescent and ongoing meltdowns are mesmerizing to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 30, 2013
Allen's story of a fictitious Ruth Madoff figure works as both a what-if comedy and a penetrating psychological portrait. Major credit goes to Blanchett, raw and funny and astounding as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
July 30, 2013
Allen's best movie in some years and certainly his finest drama with comedy since 2005's "Match Point," it is a tale of wealth, greed and corruption -- and the shock waves that occur when crimes lead to punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
July 29, 2013
[A]... thing of wonder. What you're looking for with [Allen] are signs of life, as opposed to shtick and koans... You want to see that the finery of character writing still means something to him. This is his 43rd movie, and it's inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2013
Why should we care about Jasmine? For me, the best reason was Blanchett's all-out performance, which is often frighteningly vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 26, 2013
Somewhat less than the sum of its parts, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine'' showcases a brilliant, Oscar-worthy performance by Cate Blanchett as sort of a WASP version of Ruth Madoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 25, 2013
Blanchett's lavish, almost operatic turn as Jasmine sloshes against the sides of this insubstantial movie like liquid in a too-small container (maybe the room-temperature Stoli Jasmine is continually downing).
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 25, 2013
[Blanchett's] bravura performance is tinged with haughtiness, dry humor and madness. It's one of the year's finest, most complex portrayals, in one of Allen's best films in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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July 25, 2013
The plotting is wooden, the flashbacks lazy, the adoption device a bad joke, and as always, everyone stammers like Woody.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2013
The movie's observations about economic disparity are cloaked in zestful comedy that's broad or stiletto-sharp.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2013
For all of "Blue Jasmine's" darkness, the movie is among the filmmaker's most emotionally affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 25, 2013
It's a movie of quiet moments (and one startling revelation). But it is a dramatic slice of life, and it lives fully in a darkness Allen's only occasionally kept at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
July 25, 2013
Sooner or later a major film-maker has to give us someone we will never forget. Jasmine is that someone.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 25, 2013
This is one strange, sometimes uneven but mostly mesmerizing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 25, 2013
Want to see great acting, from comic to tragic and every electrifying stop in between? See Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 25, 2013
The way [Blanchett] anchors this superb dramedy is a thing of beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 25, 2013
Allen observes Jasmine's allure and disease without penetrating her soul. That makes for a movie that is both intimate and disinterested, as if Jasmine were a flailing insect in a barren terrarium.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 25, 2013
[A] moving, sometimes funny film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
July 25, 2013
There's something admirably perverse about a movie that casts Andrew Dice Clay as the most upstanding character on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 24, 2013
In all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2013
There's something cathartic about a contemporary film that's willing to explore madness as an expression of who a person really is.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 24, 2013
A freak show whose alternately compelling and repulsive heroine can't disguise the fact that it's a movie by a sour old guy who no longer likes anything or anyone and who also, more damningly, just isn't interested.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 24, 2013
I do not consider Jasmine a typical Woody Allen comedy. It's better than anything you might imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
July 23, 2013
Is ''Blue Jasmine'' an Occupy Wall Street-era morality tale, or just a deeply absorbing character study? Either way, Allen has given us a whole lot to chew on - and a flawed heroine we'll remember for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 23, 2013
Only Andrew Dice Clay, in a small role as Ginger's Low-Class(TM) onetime husband, pierces the movie's highly polished bubble world; he comes off as a person whose veins run with blood rather than some liquefied director's conceit.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2013
Cate Blanchett is neurotically golden in another memorable female character study from Woody Allen.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 22, 2013
[Allen's] new drama Blue Jasmine comes this close to being a wheeze. But he sells it beautifully.
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David Ehrlich
Film.com
July 21, 2013
"Woody Allen's best film since 1994's 'Bullets Over Broadway.'"
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5 / 10
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 19, 2013
The essence of Blue Jasmine feels timely, even years into America's limp rebound from recession: How do we start over, when guilt can't be fully processed and sacrifice is demeaned?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 17, 2013
A meaty, fully realized drama that cleverly functions as both an update of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and a satire on One Percent excess.