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[Allen] seems freer here, more comfortable in his rhythm and less anxious to prove himself in a foreign land.
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.
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.
J. R. Jones,
Watching Allen fart out a story when he has no characters is always painful.
Through it all, Vicky Cristina Barcelona remains unaccountably romantic, a confirmation that love, elusive and painful as it can be, is still worth pursuing.
It all begins to feel veddy, veddy pretentious and a very, very long way from the Brooklyn or Manhattan that he actually understands.
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.
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.
Rich, complex, funny, erotic, compassionate and thoughtful, Vicky Cristina Barcelona may be the most fully realized film Woody Allen has made in two decades.
Jonathan F. Richards,
The performances are all wonderful, but top honors go to the amazing Penelope Cruz.
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.
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.
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
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.
Another year, another minor masterpiece from writer-director Woody Allen.
Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona has a natural, flowing vitality to it, a sun-drenched splendor that never falters.
While the territory is familiar, the terrain is new: Allen shoots his title city with an eye for its art and architecture.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
If Woody Allen's heart still belongs to New York City, he's had a thrilling, invigorating fling with northeastern Spain.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a comedy, a good one, and also one of Allen's best-ever meditations on the many entanglements of love.
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.
The script is witty and playful, the casting just right.
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.
As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city.
A sexy, funny divertissement that passes as enjoyably as an idle summer's afternoon in the titular Spanish city.