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Vicky Cristina Barcelona isn't exactly a comedy, at least not in the manner of Allen's "early, funny ones," but it's informed by a rueful wit that finds its fullest expression in reflective voiceover commentary. Spoken by Christopher Evan Welch, but surely on behalf of the 73-year-old auteur, this element of the film is neither (as some have charged) patronizing nor uncinematic; rather, it's integral to the movie's participation in a venerable European literary tradition, the sentimental education. Instead of Bergman or Fellini, this time Allen is invoking the François Truffaut of Jules and Jim and Eric Rohmer in his many meditations on the game of love. The entire cast is terrific (both Hall and Johansson get to play "the Woody part" at different points), with Bardem and Cruz especially delightful as exemplars of Old Worldliness. Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe honors every drop of Catalonian sunlight and glint of Gaudí architecture. --Richard T. Jameson
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Interesting story, good acting and great scenery and music.
Once the characters all get to " do" each other the movie ends leaving you wondering why he made the film and why you wasted your time watching it.
Typical Woody Allen movie, very conversational with a beautiful city as a back drop almost being one of the characters.
The music is phenomenal in this movie. The three main characters are very believable and before you know it you are transported into their world. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Sandra Parlin
I love this movie. It's a beautiful film that visits the questions of life and love. It also seems to capture the passion that is Spain. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nikki
Just a great, sexy movie with great acting by all.. Woody Allen as usual brings out the best from all actors (and they are creme-de-la-creme) and you have to watch every nuance. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dinkar N. Bhat
As a social scientist this is my favorite movie and I highly recommend it for anyone as it is a great exploration of the complex dynamics of human relationships.Published 7 days ago by Isantis
Very smart writing, good acting, and scene snippets of Spain that have caused me to want to visit there all the more.Published 13 days ago by C. L. Morton
Another Woody Allen film in which the location setting is more enjoyable than the acting. Enjoyed New York, Paris, Rome and now Barcelona as seen by Woody.Published 17 days ago by JOT
Beautiful Barcelona didn't deserve this Woody Allen spit off of the great Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim. Here the friends are young women and rather opaque ones at that. Read morePublished 18 days ago by John D. Thompson