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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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82

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 160 | Rotten: 36

A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.

86

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 6

A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 101,897

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Woody Allen's romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona stars Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson as best friends Vicky and Cristina. As the movie opens, the pair of twentysomethings travel to Barcelona so that Vicky can work on her post-graduate degree. The two meet the charming artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who offers to take them on a vacation and make love to them. Vicky, being a happily engaged young woman, refuses, but Cristina is eager for this life experience. A love triangle begins

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Woody Allen

Jan 27, 2009

$23.2M

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All Critics (198) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (160) | Rotten (36) | DVD (17)

The script is witty and playful, the casting just right.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film belongs to Bardem and Cruz.

October 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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There is nothing wrong with Allen's determination to mix humor and drama, it's simply too bad he's not getting better at it.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (3)
Los Angeles Times
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When great artists maintain their health and energy into their 70s, amazing things can happen -- and they're happening with Woody Allen.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona is fitfully good.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Allen seems uninterested in pushing his material beyond impersonally generic, or even in thinking things through.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

It's a shift in tone for Allen; it's still a movie about sex and those who seek it, but it's hung on a sun-blushed, wine-sploshed Spanish love triangle that's more appealing and more amorous than anything the director has produced in decades.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Although Penelope Cruz's performance is amusing, the film feels a bit forced, looking for meaning in Spain where there may not be any.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is Allen's an ode to unrestrictive love, and a commentary on sex and how it speaks to different people. Yet its charm and beauty is undercut by a stinging cynicism.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Not unlike Neil Simon scrambling to be Henry Miller.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

Woody, what happened? You stink on toast. Paul Chambers, CNN.

July 22, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Allen has definitely made something special with this charming, light and warm romantic comedy.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Interesting characters interact in a complex tangle of interesting relationships.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

This time, the words really should be believed: a massive return to form for Woody Allen. No lie. At this rate, we might even forgive him for Cassandra's Dream.

February 12, 2009
Heat Magazine

For all its meditations on romantic disappointments, this is a slight, sunny film. Anyone in need of some superior escapism should see it straightaway.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Woody Allen's new film, announced as a romantic comedy, is far superior to the disastrous Match Point and Cassandra's Dream but much inferior to his best work.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

I want to know how clumsily delivering punch lines in halting English while playing a shrieking harpy is in any way Oscar-worthy.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comments (5)
TheMovieReport.com

By the time Cruz appears, Vicky Cristina Barcelona has delivered on those initial good omens: it's Allen's best film in at least a decade.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Allen's last couple of movies have been far from vintage offerings but Vicky Cristina Barcelona is pure pleasure and finds him back on form. It is smart, sunny, frisky and extremely funny.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Leave it to Woody Allen to muck up a threesome involving Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which Allen wrote and directed but did not act in, is Woody at the top of his game.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Slight, disposable but entertaining. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is an awful lot better than anything in his thankfully short "British" period.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's latest comeback, is nothing like the return to form his apologists claim, but it's not terrible, which is a mercy after his grim trio of British projects.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

No doubt about it, Allen's latest throwaway rom-com is utterly silly, forgettable and predictable. It's also his most purely entertaining film in years.

February 6, 2009
Little White Lies

This is not as terrible as most of Allen's recent efforts, but it's thin to the point of scrawny, irksomely pseudo-intellectual and cringe-makingly creepy.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

It's always fun to figure out which character is the Woody Allen. The cast is all great. Now I just need to find a great couple with a house in Spain who'd like to host me for the summer...
May 28, 2012
Julie

Super Reviewer

A pleasant surprise, I expected this to be quite the chick flick, instead was a great travel film, with culture, romance, ups and downs and experimental feelings, totally enjoyed it.
March 10, 2012
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

What boosts VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA from being a sappy, shoddy romance is the tour de force performance from Penà (C)lope Cruz. Cruz portrays Maria Elena, a ruthless, suicidal shrew. Though only supporting to the plot, when she delivers her role, we are instantly attetive to her loud, implausible character. Furthermore, she ends the film on one of the most cinematically shocking, unpredictable, and eventually hysterical notes since...I'm having trouble finishing that sentence. With Cruz acting in her Oscar-winning role, it's easy to forget the comic icon who is directing. As a recent fan of writer-director Woody Allen, I expected something better than this. I had heard that BARCELONA was a romantic comedy, and I had also heard it was a romantic drama. Although two or three scenes were massively hilarious, this did not have enough scattered humor to call a comedy. This film certainly would have been at least ten times better as a pure romcom; outside of the genre, Allen seems to lack his fabulous chutzpah. If you happen to be curious about this film, or you are a fan of Penà (C)lope Cruz, go ahead; otherwise, I'd recommend skipping it. You will run the risk of Woody-philia, as this is not his usual effort.
January 13, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

My favorite of the late period Allen films.
November 13, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. Maria Elena: You're still searching for me in every woman.
    – Submitted by Kelly P (5 months ago)
    1. Maria Elena: You speak no Spanish?
    2. Cristina: No ,I uh-uh studied Chinese.
    3. Maria Elena: Chinese? Why?
    4. Cristina: I thought it sounded pretty.
    5. Maria Elena: Say something in Chinese.
    6. Cristina: Me?
    7. Maria Elena: Mmm-hmm
    8. Cristina: Um... ni hao ma?
    9. Maria Elena: You think that sounds pretty?
    – Submitted by Tony G (8 months ago)
    1. Juan Antonio: Life is short. Life is dull. Life is full of pain and this is a chance for something special.
    – Submitted by Mati M (13 months ago)
    1. Juan Antonio: We were both sure that... our relation was perfect, but there was something missing. You know? Like, love requires such a perfect balance. It's... like the human body. It may turn that you have all the vitamins and minerals, but if... there is minus a single, tiny ingredient... missing, like, like, like, like, ooh, like salt, for example... one dies.
    2. Cristina: Salt?
    – Submitted by Samir S (20 months ago)
    1. Juan Antonio: We are meant for each other and not meant for each other. It's a contradiction.
    – Submitted by Samir S (20 months ago)
    1. Maria Elena: Only unfulfilled love can be romantic.
    – Submitted by Valentina O (23 months ago)
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