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Vicky Cristina Barcelona Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
August 17, 2008
Isn't up to Allen's old school or new school standards. But it's pretty. And it shows, again, if you let Penelope Cruz speak Spanish instead of forcing her through English, her presence will darn near suck the film right out of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
July 22, 2008
There was hope in 2005 that Woody Allen had re-discovered his groove with the release of Match Point. Since then, however, he has slipped back into the sinkhole of mediocrity that kept him from greatness throughout most of the '90s and '00s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
July 22, 2009
Woody, what happened? You stink on toast. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Not unlike Neil Simon scrambling to be Henry Miller.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
February 4, 2009
At the end of the dia, the movie's a lovely, empty Spanish travelogue hosted by beautiful people, their problems no more taxing than whether to meet at the amusement park or the marina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 16, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is the cinematic equivalent of a book on tape: a movie that watches itself for you and tells you what it sees.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
February 9, 2009
Leave it to Woody Allen to muck up a threesome involving Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2008
There's not enough jokes for it to be comedic and it's not compelling enough for it to work dramatically. It just kind of falls flat.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
August 15, 2008
Vicky Christina Barcelona is really nothing more than rich people bitching. Now where exactly is the fun in that?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Prairie Miller
January 19, 2009
Possibly distinguished solely for the first PG-13 lesbian smooching on screen ever, the film should be a trite, pleasing guy confection.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 15, 2008
Woody Allen has turned out his share of duds...Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of his dudliest.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 22, 2008
Long ago, Allen became interested in "the artist" only as a theme and rhetorical figure. The actual making of art, whether as his subject or as embodied by his own films, no longer grips him. It may actually bore him.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Willie Waffle
August 15, 2008
Get rid of the Vicky, and it might be passable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 15, 2008
Mostly what you need to know about VCB is this: Cristina is Woody. Vicky is Mia. They have the same conversations we've heard a million times before in Allen's movies.
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
August 15, 2008
While the action takes place almost exclusively in Spain, the script is still a highlight of neurotic New Yorkers who babble on about nothing and everything.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 20, 2008
Serves as proof that Allen's heart isn't in it anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
August 15, 2008
Woody Allen's work should be taking him deeper into complex and revealing stories about the heart. Instead, he's becoming more preoccupied with the lurid and the lewd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
Although Penelope Cruz's performance is amusing, the film feels a bit forced, looking for meaning in Spain where there may not be any.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 21, 2008
[Allen] brings the angst of his Manhattan characters to Spain, and tries to blend them into a story that has Almodóvar overtones, but Almodóvar, does them much better
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
August 15, 2008
...audiences once cheered the notion of a new Woody Allen film. Now, instead, we merely endure them.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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