Café Society Reviews

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September 19, 2019
Woody Allen has a way of capturing the tone and essence of whatever setting and time period he is highlighting and transports the viewer seamlessly into that world.
April 12, 2019
The costumes and production design are impeccable and it is a pleasant enjoyable story of old town Hollywood.
March 26, 2019
Effortlessly well-made cinematic comfort food at its warmest.
February 22, 2019
The period detail of locations and costumes is faultless.
December 21, 2018
A fine movie for a late summers evening.
December 10, 2018
CAFÉ SOCIETY is so many things combined into one stellar picture that makes you love being in love with the movies again.
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.
August 23, 2018
Nostalgic in setting yet candid in tone. The events are predictable, but that is partially the point.
August 22, 2018
[The film's] power builds over time through the subtle gut punches thrown at each character's prideful egos. Vittorio Storaro's sun-kissed cinematography makes that transition entirely seamless.
August 22, 2018
"Café Society" is plagued by dull characters, ridiculous dialogue, and an essence that is half dreamy, half cynical.
August 22, 2018
It's a stumbling block for Allen in this, his 47th theatrical outing behind the camera, but I'm happy to report it's not a deal breaker. Far from it.
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 18, 2017
Gorgeous to look at and lightweight fun while it lasts.
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.
September 15, 2017
Like the champagne that flows freely throughout the film, it's easy drinking, but sadly there's a lack of fizz to this one.
September 12, 2017
Woody Allen staves off the looming naysayers with a film that will likely appeal to a literate niche, all but forgotten in this day that is sadly a long way removed from the Jazz Age.
September 11, 2017
If Blue Jasmine was Woody Allen's homage to A Streetcar Named Desire, then his latest, Caf Society, evokes Casablanca, both in tone and romanticism.
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.
August 24, 2017
It's definitely not the best pancake [Woody] Allen's ever whipped up, but it isn't the worst, either.
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]
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