Café Society Reviews

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July 18, 2016
It isn't a particularly great Woody Allen movie. Nor is it a particularly disappointing one. It falls into the vast middle ground on his resume -- the movies you enjoy sitting through, but quickly forget once the lights come up.
July 15, 2016
Caf Society, is intermittently lovely and melancholic.
July 15, 2016
Replacement Level Allen. There are pleasures to be found. But you have to look a little harder than usual.
July 15, 2016
"Caf Society" meanders a bit ... But because it's from a veteran comedian and filmmaker, it also has some smart jokes, and beautiful images.
July 14, 2016
Woody Allen's new period piece is no match for "Midnight in Paris," but the fine cast and bittersweet themes carry the day.
July 14, 2016
In the best sense, "Cafe Society" presents itself as an older director's film, dealing as it does with the difference between dreams and reality and the presence and persistence of regret.
July 14, 2016
The whole film feels charmingly insubstantial, just as it's meant to, with beautiful settings, amusing people and, for philosophical context, a classic Woody Allen one-liner.
July 14, 2016
Woody Allen has made 46 films, of which I've seen 46, and I'm not sure which of us is more tired of them.
Top Critic
July 14, 2016
The film is so retro golden that old-timey miners would run the reels through a sieve.
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July 14, 2016
Neither especially funny nor particularly dramatic, but appealing enough in its handsome melancholia to create the phantom impression of Allen firing on all cylinders.
July 14, 2016
It's the filmmaking around the writing that casts a particular spell. Particularly near the end, as Allen adds up the moral failings and squelched desires and doused dreams of all his characters.
July 14, 2016
Allen narrates in a voice that, for the first time, suggests his 80 years of age. But his touch lightens with each film, and the melancholy bubbles up from below and catches you off guard.
July 14, 2016
Mr. Allen's literal voice, which supplies narration, sounds unusually sluggish and weary. The same is true of his voice as a writer and director. For every snappy scene or exchange there are three or four that feel baggy and half-written.
July 13, 2016
Buoyed by the nuanced performances of Stewart and Eisenberg, the 80-year-old Woody Allen creates a ravishing romance shot through with humor and heartbreak.
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July 13, 2016
Romantic, bittersweet and funny as hell, Caf Society turns Hollywood inside out, rooting through the superficial tinsel to find the real tinsel. You go away gobsmacked, beaming and happy to be both.
July 13, 2016
Woody Allen's easy-to-like but lightweight "Cafe Society" serves up just you'd expect from the seasoned writer and director.
July 12, 2016
Lovely visuals, terrific performances, renewed ambition: There's enough good in Caf Society to make it worth your while - and also to make you wish it were better.
July 7, 2016
"Cafe Society" is a good-looking nothing, but there are times - thanks more to Allen's direction than his writing, and thanks mostly to the people acting out the masquerade - when "nothing" is sufficient.
July 5, 2016
There is a gravity to it, and a tug of sadness, that cannot be accounted for by the story.
May 20, 2016
Watching this film feels like listening to a formerly great pianist whose fingers are now gnarled with arthritis. The notes are right, and played in the correct order, but the tempo is way, way off.
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