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Vicky Cristina Barcelona Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 5, 2009
The script is witty and playful, the casting just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Entertainment Weekly
December 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
The film belongs to Bardem and Cruz.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
There is nothing wrong with Allen's determination to mix humor and drama, it's simply too bad he's not getting better at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2008
Every time you're ready to count Woody Allen out for good, he comes back and surprises you.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
When great artists maintain their health and energy into their 70s, amazing things can happen -- and they're happening with Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is fitfully good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 12, 2008
While it's easy to tease Allen for implying that a Maxim fantasy is the secret to stable, if crowded bliss, there's enough grace and honesty in his ménage that it's practically practical
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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August 22, 2008
The performances are all wonderful, but top honors go to the amazing Penelope Cruz.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 18, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a rueful comedy about two young American women who savor many Continental delicacies.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 15, 2008
A bittersweet meditation on art and passion and on love in its many guises.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 15, 2008
As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 15, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a comedy, a good one, and also one of Allen's best-ever meditations on the many entanglements of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 15, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is so engaging so much of the time that it feels like a modest rejuvenation: evidence that a summer in Spain can do wonders for a writer-director who may not have outlived his prime.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 15, 2008
It's literally difficult to believe that the person who made this picturesque, clueless, oddly misanthropic picture also made Annie Hall and Crimes and Misdemeanors.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 15, 2008
Likable, beautifully acted, scenic and sexy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 15, 2008
Through it all, Vicky Cristina Barcelona remains unaccountably romantic, a confirmation that love, elusive and painful as it can be, is still worth pursuing.
| Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 15, 2008
[Allen's] funniest movie in years and arguably his sexiest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 15, 2008
A lightweight musing on love's infinite variety, not especially comic, and certainly not tragic, but breezing along somewhere in the meditative middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 15, 2008
Rich, complex, funny, erotic, compassionate and thoughtful, Vicky Cristina Barcelona may be the most fully realized film Woody Allen has made in two decades.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 15, 2008
After Vicky Cristina Barcelona, you may feel you've learned something about the world. How lasting those epiphanies are depends on your constitution. But you don't have to go native to enjoy the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 15, 2008
A movie brimming with beautiful people and beautiful scenery; there's a contagious enthusiasm as this movie whirs through the sights and sounds of Barcelona.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 15, 2008
There's something intriguing going on here. It's a movie about the sacrifices that people make to be happy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2008
He is a little like Eric Rohmer here. The actors are attractive, the city is magnificent, the love scenes don't get all sweaty, and everybody finishes the summer a little wiser and with a lifetime of memories. What more could you ask?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2008
Watching Allen fart out a story when he has no characters is always painful.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2008
When it's over, and the two Americans at the heart of the story depart Barcelona in overlapping states of confusion, you're left with a tinge of melancholy that feels not plot-driven, not engineered, but like a slice of reasonably complicated life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 14, 2008
While the territory is familiar, the terrain is new: Allen shoots his title city with an eye for its art and architecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 14, 2008
If Woody Allen's heart still belongs to New York City, he's had a thrilling, invigorating fling with northeastern Spain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 14, 2008
[Allen] seems freer here, more comfortable in his rhythm and less anxious to prove himself in a foreign land.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 14, 2008
Another year, another minor masterpiece from writer-director Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 14, 2008
It all begins to feel veddy, veddy pretentious and a very, very long way from the Brooklyn or Manhattan that he actually understands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 14, 2008
Allen has crafted a wry and thoughtful film about the peculiar stirrings of the heart, which is certainly his most accomplished piece of work since Match Point, and his funniest in the eight years since Small Time Crooks.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 13, 2008
The magnificent acting ensemble alone is worth the price of admission.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 13, 2008
In this light-comic breeze of a movie, Cruz is a gathering storm.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 11, 2008
Penelope Cruz deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her fiery, crazy, sexy work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 11, 2008
Given its particulars, Vicky Cristina Barcelona ought to have been an eye-roller. What a surprise that it's so seductive.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 4, 2008
Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona has a natural, flowing vitality to it, a sun-drenched splendor that never falters.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 18, 2008
A sexy, funny divertissement that passes as enjoyably as an idle summer's afternoon in the titular Spanish city.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 17, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5