Café Society Reviews

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November 7, 2018
Woody Allen is a great filmmaker and there is no fault with him sticking to subjects he's familiar with. But in Cafe Society, his refusal to do anything new with his thematic obsessions grows boring really quickly.
January 10, 2018
The plot revolves around the story of unfulfilled love - the kind that haunts you for all eternity, even if you've created a different life for yourself. But how can this theme be brought to the screen without an ounce of emotion?
October 14, 2017
It's basically just Annie Hall set in the 1930s, but he's remade Annie Hall like nineteen times and no one has cared yet, so I don't see why anyone will care now.
August 28, 2017
Without a center, Caf Society becomes a photo album with no device to pull these magnetic filings toward the middle. Once more with feeling, please. At various locations.
July 31, 2017
Caf Society aims to be light and frothy, but feels more like a stale cream puff. It looks enticing, but lacks anything fresh or substantial. [Full review in Japanese]
July 13, 2017
Nothing can prepare you enough for the film's brutal sexism. Slim pickings, indeed.
June 20, 2017
Despite Vittorio Storaro's luscious cinematography - this is one of the best-looking pictures Woody's ever made - there's something threadbare about Caf Society.
March 21, 2017
It's uneven, it's empty, and it's redundant.
December 31, 2016
Narratively speaking, Caf Society is the film version of a Grandpa Abe Simpson anecdote. Famous names are dropped, pointlessly. Trivial matters about the past are flaunted without much context.
December 14, 2016
It's an unimpressively mediocre romantic comedy that has enough little things to save it from being boring, but the clear lack of effort can be frustrating for those who expect more from a film by Woody Allen.
November 20, 2016
That the images prove the main attraction amidst the self-mimicry and fluff is telling, to say the least.
November 11, 2016
A film that is far from being among the best of Woody Allen because of its flat plot, without climatic moments, and an ambiguous sense of humor. [Full review in Spanish]
November 6, 2016
Lacking the sharp, witty dialogue synonymous with other Allen films, Caf Society is forgettable.
October 22, 2016
A particularly drowsy effort from the prolific filmmaker.
October 20, 2016
An easygoing yet familiar comedy-drama which, although mostly watchable, lacks focus and is in need of a richer dramatic element.
October 18, 2016
Enjoyable on a superficial level and attractively made, Caf Society is not Woody Allen at his very best. As always, though, his sublime taste in music makes up for much of the lack-lustre screenplay
October 18, 2016
Enjoyable on a superficial level and attractively made, Caf Society is not Woody Allen at his very best. As always, though, his sublime taste in music makes up for much of the lack-lustre screenplay
October 18, 2016
The intricacies of the characterisations, the settings and mood are wonderfully textured in Woody Allen's usual style, although as a complete work, Caf Society treads water
October 17, 2016
Allen's career has always been littered with clunkers; it used to be you could at least expect a good one on alternate years. Since Blue Jasmine in 2013, he's nought for three.
October 16, 2016
...predictable andintermittently maudlin...
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