Letters to Juliet Reviews

  • Letters to Juliet represents an interesting paradox: it is a movie that is very nearly perfect without being especially good.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours. Set in some stunning locales in Italy, Letters is a guilty pleasure that's lighter on the guilt and heavier on the pleasure.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Save yourself 10 bucks, and an hour and 45 minutes of your precious time.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • You don't have to be 13 and a tapioca-brained romantic to enjoy Letters to Juliet. But it would help.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Gary Winick's flat direction does the material no favors: If Egan and Seyfried have any chemistry, it's framed out of their awkwardly staged climactic kisses.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Redgrave brings a lovely gravity to the lightweight proceedings, while Seyfried again proves an unusually levelheaded presence.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Ms. Redgrave gives the film, which was directed by Gary Winick, a heart and a buoyant spirit. Seeing her in action is like sitting in on a master acting class.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo's sun-drenched palette would be a perfectly sound reason to see this film, but happily it's not the only one.

    Joy Tipping — Dallas Morning News

  • ... while [Vanessa] Redgrave can't cut the cliches out of Letters to Juliet entirely, she at least cuts through them occasionally.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • I know the ending is preordained from the setup. I know the characters are broad and comforting stereotypes. In this case, I simply don't care. Sometimes we have personal reasons for responding to a film.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The key to the film's success is its lack of strain. As written by Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan, this isn't one of those pushy slapstick affairs; it's more romantic than comic, and despite the corn there are no villains.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Anyone who considers this a decent romance should check out Max Ophuls's "Letter From an Unknown Woman."

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Redgrave! Slim and silvery as lightning, she is always a revelation. She accelerates the movie by slowing down to silent stillness in order fully to hear -- and carefully digest -- what others do and say.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • This one burns going down, like cheap Chianti.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • An amusing, touching, reassuringly wholesome romantic travelogue of a film that flies by on its way to the inevitable happy ending.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Letters to Juliet is a guilty pleasure for the ladies, perfect Blu-ray fodder when their significant others turn them into World of Warcraft widows for the evening.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • There's nothing wrong with a squishy, sentimental romantic confection now and then. But Letters to Juliet is a mere lollipop. It's gone before its 101-minute running time expires, and you're left with the stick.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan's script relentlessly piles on goopy conversation-stoppers like "Do you believe in destiny?" and "I didn't know that true love had an expiration date."

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • The story is as straight and obvious as raw spaghetti.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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