Vicky Cristina Barcelona Reviews

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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.
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.
August 15, 2008
Get rid of the Vicky, and it might be passable.
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.
August 15, 2008
Watching Allen fart out a story when he has no characters is always painful.
August 15, 2008
Allen's laziness is startling, even in so mechanical a filmmaker. He uses a monotonous narrator to tell us what the characters think and do, though he then shows them performing the actions that have just been described.
August 15, 2008
Something is terribly amiss when the American actors sound like English is their second language.
August 15, 2008
Woody Allen has turned out his share of duds...Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of his dudliest.
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.
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.
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.
August 15, 2008
Vicky Christina Barcelona is really nothing more than rich people bitching. Now where exactly is the fun in that?
August 15, 2008
Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) is the figure least obviously dictated by the Woody Allen template. And for that, you are eternally grateful.
August 15, 2008
If you like watching privileged beautiful people flitting from expensive homes to fancy restaurants to dazzling tourist attractions to plush hotel rooms and gala gallery openings, you're likely to find something to enjoy in this movie.
August 15, 2008
...audiences once cheered the notion of a new Woody Allen film. Now, instead, we merely endure them.
August 15, 2008
Much of this film is blatantly told to us, narrated by a toneless male voice that obviates the need for actors to show thoughts and feelings.
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.
August 13, 2008
Despite the big budget and name stars, Vicky Cristina Barcelona shows Allen's 98th film stumbling into mumblecore, fumbling with love and class like a spoiled brat who's never seen a Rohmer, Malle, Renoir or Ophuls masterpiece.
August 9, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is basically the most arrogant film of the year, an occasion for Allen to feign interest in challenging heteronormic ideals when all he's doing is advancing a simplified view of female sexual agency.
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.
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