Vicky Cristina Barcelona Reviews

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October 18, 2018
Missing from Vicky Cristina Barcelona are the keenly complex touches that elevated [Woody Allen's] earlier statements on caprice. Then again, that's been gone from his movies for years, and there's vain hope in thinking that Iberia would inspire it again.
December 15, 2017
This is one of Woody's throw-away movies. It's as if he has a compulsion to make them, just as he has to haul his ass down to Michael's Pub in Manhattan every Monday and play clarinet.
August 21, 2017
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is everything it tries, halfheartedly, to criticize about the character of Vicky: It's determined to be ordinary and likeable no matter what the emotional cost.
February 6, 2014
Allen seems uninterested in pushing his material beyond impersonally generic, or even in thinking things through.
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.
August 26, 2009
Not unlike Neil Simon scrambling to be Henry Miller.
July 22, 2009
Woody, what happened? You stink on toast. Paul Chambers, CNN.
April 23, 2009
Many are hailing Woody Allen's new film, claiming it to be a "return to form." I agree: he's returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
February 10, 2009
I want to know how clumsily delivering punch lines in halting English while playing a shrieking harpy is in any way Oscar-worthy.
February 9, 2009
Leave it to Woody Allen to muck up a threesome involving Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
February 6, 2009
This is not as terrible as most of Allen's recent efforts, but it's thin to the point of scrawny, irksomely pseudo-intellectual and cringe-makingly creepy.
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.
January 24, 2009
Entonces aparece por fin Penélope y la película recién comienza, o al menos se pone más interesante. Lástima que ya han pasado como 50 minutos%u2026
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.
January 12, 2009
No amount of pretty scenery can conceal the tedium.
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.
September 20, 2008
Serves as proof that Allen's heart isn't in it anymore.
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.
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.
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
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