Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008

Critics score:
81 / 100

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Christy Lemire, Associated Press: [Allen] seems freer here, more comfortable in his rhythm and less anxious to prove himself in a foreign land. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Given its particulars, Vicky Cristina Barcelona ought to have been an eye-roller. What a surprise that it's so seductive. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Watching Allen fart out a story when he has no characters is always painful. Read more

Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal: A bittersweet meditation on art and passion and on love in its many guises. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Through it all, Vicky Cristina Barcelona remains unaccountably romantic, a confirmation that love, elusive and painful as it can be, is still worth pursuing. Read more

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic: It all begins to feel veddy, veddy pretentious and a very, very long way from the Brooklyn or Manhattan that he actually understands. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Vicky Cristina Barcelona is fitfully good. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: There's something intriguing going on here. It's a movie about the sacrifices that people make to be happy. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Rich, complex, funny, erotic, compassionate and thoughtful, Vicky Cristina Barcelona may be the most fully realized film Woody Allen has made in two decades. Read more

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Jonathan F. Richards, The performances are all wonderful, but top honors go to the amazing Penelope Cruz. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: A lightweight musing on love's infinite variety, not especially comic, and certainly not tragic, but breezing along somewhere in the meditative middle. Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: 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. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: 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 menage that it's practically practical Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Another year, another minor masterpiece from writer-director Woody Allen. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona has a natural, flowing vitality to it, a sun-drenched splendor that never falters. Read more

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Lou Lumenick, New York Post: [Allen's] funniest movie in years and arguably his sexiest. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: The magnificent acting ensemble alone is worth the price of admission. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Likable, beautifully acted, scenic and sexy. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: While the territory is familiar, the terrain is new: Allen shoots his title city with an eye for its art and architecture. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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? Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: When great artists maintain their health and energy into their 70s, amazing things can happen -- and they're happening with Woody Allen. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: If Woody Allen's heart still belongs to New York City, he's had a thrilling, invigorating fling with northeastern Spain. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a comedy, a good one, and also one of Allen's best-ever meditations on the many entanglements of love. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

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Dave Calhoun, Time Out: The script is witty and playful, the casting just right. Read more

Christopher Orr, The New Republic: 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. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: A sexy, funny divertissement that passes as enjoyably as an idle summer's afternoon in the titular Spanish city. Read more