Café Society Reviews

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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]
October 21, 2016
It's as if Allen has decided that near enough is good enough. He's famous for making a movie a year; after so many great films, that may now be too often.
September 2, 2016
You'll end up feeling about the film like Bobby about Los Angeles -- "half-bored, half-fascinated." And that's a pretty poor average, even for two poorly stitched-together films.
September 2, 2016
Allen's script throws together familiar elements (ruthless hoodlums, respectable hypocrites, insecure film buffs) but lacks pace, belly-laughs or texture.
August 30, 2016
Ponderous and light, though it comes into its own with the heartening climax.
July 29, 2016
Cafe Society is mainly a small and unnervingly familiar private drama that is never funny enough nor smart enough to justify its anachronistic style.
July 29, 2016
If it doesn't reach the heights of Woody's best - 2013's "Blue Jasmine" was his last great film - it still has several rich touches, including a luminous performance by Kristen Stewart.
July 28, 2016
"I'm kind of half-bored, half-fascinated," Eisenberg tells his bro over the long-distance line, and the sentiment could also apply to the movie - although Storaro's sumptuous cinematography makes even its mundane moments enchanting.
July 28, 2016
A love story drenched in nostalgia, "Caf Society" is a film of rare beauty.
July 22, 2016
Maybe Woody Allen waited too long to make "Caf Society"; it seems, weirdly, to be an uninspired remake of itself.
July 22, 2016
For all its beauty and its star power, the movie never elevates to anything beyond a kind of storyboard sketch.
July 22, 2016
"Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer," Bobby quips. Caf Society, on the other hand, is a comedy written by a benumbed one.
July 21, 2016
It's handsome, and pleasant, and polished, and sedate. You won't laugh or cry. You may, however, smile or sigh.
July 21, 2016
It's about '30s glamour and swank. More accurately, it's about nostalgia for those things. Either way, it's not about characters or chemistry or anything much resembling emotion.
July 21, 2016
Allen is confident that he can skip scenes, shift locations and more or less take his audience anywhere he wants, so long as he's entertaining, and in this he's right.
July 21, 2016
With each succeeding year, Allen's insular version of the past feels more eccentric. Depending on the viewer, it's either happily reassuring or strangely out of touch.
July 21, 2016
As in many of Allen's period comedies, the dialogue sounds completely modern and evokes the era only in its endless name-dropping.
July 21, 2016
It's a beautiful thing to behold.
July 21, 2016
It'll probably never make it into anyone's list of the 10 most-important Allen films. But I'd watch it again over a few movies that would.
July 20, 2016
The film doesn't totally upend Allen's notion that L.A. is a seductively shallow place that has to resort to celebrating the ability to make a right turn on red to feel better about itself. In Caf Society, it just looks so gorgeous while doing it.
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