“Although A Familiar Story On The Surface, Vicky Cristina Barcelona Shines Through Its Top Notch Performances, Visuals Of Barcelona, And Allen's Witty, Fast Paced Script.”
“Woody Allen Is Back And On Top Of His Game!”
“Woody Allen's Latest Film Is Funny And Has A Great Story.”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a rueful comedy about two young American women who savor many Continental delicacies.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Slight, disposable but entertaining. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is an awful lot better than anything in his thankfully short "British" period.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is fitfully good.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
A bittersweet meditation on art and passion and on love in its many guises.
Joanne Kaufman - Wall Street Journal
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.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Given its particulars, Vicky Cristina Barcelona ought to have been an eye-roller. What a surprise that it's so seductive.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona has a natural, flowing vitality to it, a sun-drenched splendor that never falters.
David Denby - New Yorker
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?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Watching Allen fart out a story when he has no characters is always painful.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
While the territory is familiar, the terrain is new: Allen shoots his title city with an eye for its art and architecture.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
If Woody Allen's heart still belongs to New York City, he's had a thrilling, invigorating fling with northeastern Spain.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rich, complex, funny, erotic, compassionate and thoughtful, Vicky Cristina Barcelona may be the most fully realized film Woody Allen has made in two decades.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It all begins to feel veddy, veddy pretentious and a very, very long way from the Brooklyn or Manhattan that he actually understands.
Richard Nilsen - Arizona Republic
The magnificent acting ensemble alone is worth the price of admission.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A sexy, funny divertissement that passes as enjoyably as an idle summer's afternoon in the titular Spanish city.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
[Allen's] funniest movie in years and arguably his sexiest.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Likable, beautifully acted, scenic and sexy.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a comedy, a good one, and also one of Allen's best-ever meditations on the many entanglements of love.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Cole Haddon - Film.com
The performances are all wonderful, but top honors go to the amazing Penelope Cruz.
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
A lightweight musing on love's infinite variety, not especially comic, and certainly not tragic, but breezing along somewhere in the meditative middle.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The film belongs to Bardem and Cruz.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
[Allen] seems freer here, more comfortable in his rhythm and less anxious to prove himself in a foreign land.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
In this light-comic breeze of a movie, Cruz is a gathering storm.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It's a shift in tone for Allen; it's still a movie about sex and those who seek it, but it's hung on a sun-blushed, wine-sploshed Spanish love triangle that's more appealing and more amorous than anything the director has produced in decades.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Although Penelope Cruz's performance is amusing, the film feels a bit forced, looking for meaning in Spain where there may not be any.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Not unlike Neil Simon scrambling to be Henry Miller.
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Woody, what happened? You stink on toast. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Allen has definitely made something special with this charming, light and warm romantic comedy.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
For all its meditations on romantic disappointments, this is a slight, sunny film. Anyone in need of some superior escapism should see it straightaway.
Cosmo Landesman - Times [UK]
Woody Allen's new film, announced as a romantic comedy, is far superior to the disastrous Match Point and Cassandra's Dream but much inferior to his best work.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Interesting characters interact in a complex tangle of interesting relationships.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This time, the words really should be believed: a massive return to form for Woody Allen. No lie. At this rate, we might even forgive him for Cassandra's Dream.
Charles Gant - Heat Magazine
Allen's last couple of movies have been far from vintage offerings but Vicky Cristina Barcelona is pure pleasure and finds him back on form. It is smart, sunny, frisky and extremely funny.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
By the time Cruz appears, Vicky Cristina Barcelona has delivered on those initial good omens: it's Allen's best film in at least a decade.
Nicholas Barber - Independent
I want to know how clumsily delivering punch lines in halting English while playing a shrieking harpy is in any way Oscar-worthy.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Leave it to Woody Allen to muck up a threesome involving Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Cruz's best role yet. Scarlett and Penelope end up snogging in a photographic dark room. Which just about tips VCB up to four hats.
- Sun Online
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which Allen wrote and directed but did not act in, is Woody at the top of his game.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's latest comeback, is nothing like the return to form his apologists claim, but it's not terrible, which is a mercy after his grim trio of British projects.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
This is not as terrible as most of Allen's recent efforts, but it's thin to the point of scrawny, irksomely pseudo-intellectual and cringe-makingly creepy.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
No doubt about it, Allen's latest throwaway rom-com is utterly silly, forgettable and predictable. It's also his most purely entertaining film in years.
Jonathan Crocker - Little White Lies
A sun-speckled slice of froth that's very watchable, although it reveals little new about the mysteries of the human heart. It may be Allen's best film in years - just don't expect Annie Hall.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's determinedly silly, and possibly wishful-thinking, in essence. After what we've seen from Allen from Match Point onwards, its sheer entertainment value is a minor miracle.
- This is London
Sex and sun, but no sizzle - Vicky Cristina Barcelona is watchable fluff, but *gasp* is it time for Woody to think about retiring? If so, he could do worse than Barcelona.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Arriba! Woody Allen's Spanish fiesta is his best film of the millennium and his funniest since 1994's Bullets Over Broadway.
Leigh Singer - Film4
Woody Allen's spoof of the Don Juan myth Vicky Christina Barcelona is his best film this century.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Woody Allen is back in top form with this sparkling comedydrama. Its highlight is a fabulously funny and passionate performance by Cruz.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
The erotic roundelays are so witty - Marivaux with sex - that I am now afraid to see a future Allen film. It will either be bad, returning us to the natural order of things, or good like this, demanding a rethink of the universe.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Within Allen's recent output, Vicky Cristina is the highlight. See it for beautiful locales, an ambivalent look at human relationships and a clutch of great performances, especially from Cruz.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
Brilliantly written, beautifully shot and frequently hilarious, this is Woody Allen's best film in a long, long time, thanks to delightful performances from Hall, Johansson, Bardem and Cruz.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Some judicious editing could have cut a cracking hour-long film out of the final product, but as things stand Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a decent flick blessed with great performances and a corking set up.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
A sparklingly funny, meltingly sexy romcom.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Taking a leaf out of Pedro Almodovar's book, Woody Allen makes best full use of Penelope Cruz who's inclined to wilt if not placed in her native Spain.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
The script is witty and playful, the casting just right.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
At the end of the dia, the movie's a lovely, empty Spanish travelogue hosted by beautiful people, their problems no more taxing than whether to meet at the amusement park or the marina.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Vicky Cristina Barcelona doesn't feel like your standard Woody Allen comedy. And that's just one reason why it's such a joy to behold.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Entonces aparece por fin Penelope y la pelicula recien comienza, o al menos se pone mas interesante. Lastima que ya han pasado como 50 minutos%u2026
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Possibly distinguished solely for the first PG-13 lesbian smooching on screen ever, the film should be a trite, pleasing guy confection.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The humour is more situational, less assertive, less reliant on wisecracks and obvious punchlines.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
No amount of pretty scenery can conceal the tedium.
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
Johansson, fast becoming the Diane Keaton or Mia Farrow of Allen's mature years, treads a deft path between sensuousness, vulnerability and self-delusion.
Evan Williams - The Australian
Is this the old Woody Allen, back on form? Well no.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
[Allen's] best film in years.
Colin Fraser - FILMINK (Australia)
The movie floats about and feels very much like Allen just dropped these characters together and watched them play themselves out.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Occasionally endearingly audacious, Woody Allen's screenplay for Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a further riff on the unique, unpredictable nature of romantic relationships among the human race
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
One of the worlda(TM)s most beautiful cities provides a stunning backdrop for a fairly routine comedy about a culture clash between Americans on holiday and their Spanish hosts.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Love has never been so complicated as in Woody Allen's scrumptious Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a sexy romp involving a menage a trois that keeps changing like the ever-changing tide of love itself
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Allen emprega a arquitetura de Gaudi como um comentario sobre os proprios personagens, que, refletindo o estilo que marcou a obra do catalao, sao criaturas tao complexas e aparentemente tao instaveis que mal compreendemos como podem ser funcionais.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The voiceover gives Vicky Cristina Barcelona the feeling of a fairy tale; while it might take place in a fairy tale world, the story is driven by sometimes unpleasant complexities.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
xreiazesai misi tainia, ateleioto voice over kai mia kryfi protagonistria, gia na piaseis palmo, poy apokalyptetai mono otan apokalyptei tin Penelope Cruz kai tis spithes poy petaei me to poy emfanizetai stin othoni
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Even with his weaker movies, Woody Allen is more astute than about 80 percent of filmmakers out there.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
...a breezy effort that generally feels like classic Allen...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Clearly, Allen has been inspired by his location, and his film also serves as an evocative travelogue of Spain's most magical city.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- National Post
After a three-film stopover in the UK which reaped generally unsatisfying results, Woody Allen seems to have recovered some lightness of touch and sparkle in Spain.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
Every time you're ready to count Woody Allen out for good, he comes back and surprises you.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
When great artists maintain their health and energy into their 70s, amazing things can happen -- and they're happening with Woody Allen.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
As usual, Allen works simply and quickly getting the most out of his rich and wry screenplay, a witty dissertation of the left turns our love lives can so easily take.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
Woody Allen's latest may not convert new fans, but for those interested this lusty travelogue makes the most of its Spanish setting, with fascinating characters.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Serves as proof that Allen's heart isn't in it anymore.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
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.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
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
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
A solid romantic comedy ...
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Allen actually lets his characters have conversations with each other.
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
A delightful though somewhat predictable Woody Allen farce is enlivened by its beautiful Barcelona locations and the performances of Cruz and Bardem (who brings heart to the stereotypical Latin lover character).
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Vicky Cristina Barcelona comes closer than anything to exploring Allen's famous quote (made in a time of personal scandal), "the heart wants what it wants."
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Let's not kid ourselves: There's something about Javi.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
This is a strong film in many ways even if it's not a great one.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Allen's camera seems liberated by the sunny locations; the director seems to enjoy Gaudi's architecture almost as much as Johansson's.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a reassuring return to form that qualifies as his smartest, most lyrical and all-around best film in a decade.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Woody Allen's best film in years... talk about damning with faint praise. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is hardly a return to form, but it'll do.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Woody Allen's 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' smolders with the best of them. It's also one of Allen's most finely crafted films.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Allen's recent product doesn't always pay off with quite so much colorful whimsy and incisive irony but, with this beautifully crafted piece of work it's clear he's on a role.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Allen stages a late-career coup, placing his finely sketched characters in an ideal milieu of comedy, romance and madness.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Long ago, Allen became interested in "the artist" only as a theme and rhetorical figure. The actual making of art, whether as his subject or as embodied by his own films, no longer grips him. It may actually bore him.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
[Allen] brings the angst of his Manhattan characters to Spain, and tries to blend them into a story that has Almodovar overtones, but Almodovar, does them much better
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
One of the year's most charming and sly works -- as well as perhaps the saddest film in the filmmaker's entire oeuvre.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A pleasing and fairly smart film that reveals an unexpected willingness on Allen's part to finally stretch beyond endless copying of the triumphs of his middle-age.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
What fresh young talent directed this terrific film? You will walk out saying: Who played Vicky?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
How could one not admire a script that has one of the characters talk about her friend's 'turgid categorical imperative' without blinking an eye?
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A thought-provoking cautionary tale juxtaposing blind adherence to American Puritanical values against some more open-minded alternative ways of relating.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
This time Woody seems to be back on the beam.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Woody Allen's latest is a pure relationship-fest, but the audience can't help but be transfixed ( a little threatened?) by Bardem's stare. A thoroughbred cast and crew makes a very watchable romantic tryst, but no classic.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
Who knew the old guy still had it in him? This is Allen's freshest and friskiest work in years.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
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.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
An engaging examination of human nature.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
The movie stumbles over itself while bringing fresh life to a number of issues.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
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.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Just the title suggests how profound the movie is. If he'd called it Vicky and Cristina Go to Barcelona, that's obvious and basic. Just using the key words says, 'Here's what we're dealing with, now you figure out the proper grammer.'
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The genius behind Woody Allen is clearly seen in this film, which contains a very simple story line but it is riddled with clever dialogue and a unique narration.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Who knew a Spanish accent could make Woody's familiar neurotic dialogue sound fresh?
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
...audiences once cheered the notion of a new Woody Allen film. Now, instead, we merely endure them.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Vicky Christina Barcelona is really nothing more than rich people bitching. Now where exactly is the fun in that?
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
There's something intriguing going on here. It's a movie about the sacrifices that people make to be happy.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Allen is not interested in doing much more than glancing off some intriguing ideas, such as the common tragedy of the would-be artist who recognizes his mediocrity. But he's old enough to recognize that he doesn't need to be profound, just entertaining.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Vicky Cristina Barcelona continues the second coming of Woody Allen, begun in 2005 with the terrific Match Point.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Woody Allen has turned out his share of duds...Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of his dudliest.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The sort of film Eric Rohmer might make if he were ever in a chipper mood: sincere, delicately funny, a little staid, a little precious, and more interested in the ebb and flow of the heart than in the dubious rewards of sensational narrative twists.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
One of the most enjoyable and best films of the year.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
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.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Penelope Cruz kick-starts Woody's latest, turning it into a dizzy, daffy treatise on the place of passion in art and love.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
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.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
this is one of the more interesting things Allen has done of late. Tonally, it definitely feels more European than anything he's made a" even more than some of his other, recent European film ventures.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A romantic drama that I liked even though I had no investment in any of the characters.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Vicky Cristina Barcelona isn't one of Allen's finest films, but there's something warm and charming and (one might even dare say) optimistic about it, as if Allen found the change in venue as exciting and challenging as his characters do.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
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.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
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.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Something is terribly amiss when the American actors sound like English is their second language.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's giddy romantic comedy, is the funniest film he has made since 1995's Mighty Aphrodite.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Get rid of the Vicky, and it might be passable.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
While legendary filmmaker Woody Allen can't always be equated with sheer genius and is more accurately described as a hit-or-miss proposition, this sorely undermarketed film serves as unquestionable retribution for his recently questionable work.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
a neatly balanced tale of a carefully balanced menage a trois among people with unbalanced libidos, fluctuating interests and roving eyes.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) is the figure least obviously dictated by the Woody Allen template. And for that, you are eternally grateful.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
[Allen's] most entertaining picture since Bullets Over Broadway or maybe Sweet and Lowdown.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
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.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A smart, satisfying movie. Once again, Allen removes himself from Manhattan, and finds his muse in Europe.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The best thing about Vicky Cristina Barcelona is that it acknowledges the maddening complexity of desire.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Sex is usually an intellectual endeavor for Woody Allen, but this cast forces him - and us - to get out of our heads.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Perhaps the greatest compliment to be paid to Vicky Cristina Barcelona is that it serves as a spot-on emblem of Allen's own life philosophy: cling to the transient pleasures, as you're bound to be let down in the end.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A well-crafted and prickly platform for Allen to muse on the vagaries and complications of love.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
The picture has a romantic glow that recalls the Woody Allen of old and, of course, it's quite funny.
Kurt Loder - MTV
A pleasant enough diversion with some great performances and beautiful cinematography to just make it worth recommending.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Through it all, Vicky Cristina Barcelona remains unaccountably romantic, a confirmation that love, elusive and painful as it can be, is still worth pursuing.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Smart, sexy and so alive with desire you can practically hear it sizzle.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Another year, another minor masterpiece from writer-director Woody Allen.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Smart, mature film about love, lust, and more.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Writer/director Woody Allen has assembled one of his most unusual casts for his latest, European set film and his combination of recent favorite, new discovery and local blood sizzles and sparks.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Why would you choose to be Vicky, the film seems to ask, if you could be Cristina instead? (Or, why move in with the bridge-and-tunnel crowd when you could be bedding the urban sophisticates?)
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
While it may not quite belong in the top ranks alongside such avowed masterpieces as "Manhattan" or "The Purple Rose of Cairo," it is the first one of his comedies in quite a while to at least deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as those titles.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The performances of Bardem, Cruz, Johansson and Hall are delightfully inventive, with Cruz in particular relishing the tempestuous nature of Maria Elena and her tantrums.
Richard Mowe - Boxoffice Magazine
Minor Allen, the movie is nevertheless cause for hope for those who insist on returning every year.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out New York
For a romance in which nobody seems to end up getting what they want, it's deceptively satisfying, and leaves you with a sense of hope, however false.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Bardem and Cruz bring a vitality that Allen's work hasn't seen since he converted to Scarlett Johansson-ism a few years ago.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The worst thing that you can say about Vicky Cristina Barcelona is that it's exceedingly pleasant, that it has the overall effect of a late summer, late afternoon nap.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
Retains expected performance momentum, and positively sells the hell out of a lusty Spanish vacation.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The subsequent plot offers little in the way of inspiration, but plenty in the way of amusement.
Eric Kohn - Premiere Magazine
It is refreshing that Allen has shaken the Manhattan dust off his shoes and brought his filmmaking talents to Paris, London and, now, sunny Barcelona.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Woody Allen's breezy comic fable is his most effortless and insightful in years - and nothing short of a love letter to love itself, in all its maddening glory.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Vicky shows Allen deflecting his chapter-and-verse filmmaking for better and worse and, in a career that was already cemented as legendary by the early '90s, that counts for something.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
A comparatively minor success on Woody Allen's directorial resume, but its reflective depiction of post-collegiate confusion and yearning rings true.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
With Vicky Cristina Barcelona the 72 year-old Allen comes ever closer to Ozu's territory, finding a kind of serenity in the acceptance of life's inevitable disappointments.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
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.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A breezy romantic comedy from Woody Allen about the different shades of love.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Has a Mediterranean glow that gives the tale of passion and creativity a fundamentally warm quality that will surprise many viewers.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A recurring sentiment is that romance is only possible in a love that hasn't been fulfilled. That may be true when you're talking about people, but not of Allen's best films, which never lose their thrill.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
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.
Armond White - New York Press
Funny, intelligent, provocative and heartfelt, the film will remind moviegoers why they ever loved Woody Allen.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Penelope Cruz deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her fiery, crazy, sexy work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Allen's latest is a comedy of refreshing depth that finds the 72-year-old filmmaker invigorated by the picturesque backdrop of the Mediterranean coast and a perfectly matched cast.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Wonderfully scenic, exuberantly romantic.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
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.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Delivers to diehard fans of both the veteran's films and The Travel Channel.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
A witty, cleverly crafted meditation on love - in all of its many fascinating permutations.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The movie compulsively hits fast-forward every time Woody interrupts the action with voice-over narration from an extraneous male narrator, but is nonetheless an improvement by degrees over his last film "Cassandra's Dream."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Allen can't be losing his touch entirely if he can still persuade three of the hottest people on the planet to make out for our viewing pleasure.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a lovely gift from a filmmaker who, when he's on his game, truly hits the mark.
Kim Voynar - Cinematical
A valentine to Spain's noted city, Allen's romantic comedy isn't very deep but it's his most entertaining and commercial work since Bullets Over Broadway, a showcase for the talents of Bardem and his three femmes, Johansson, Hall and Penelope Cruz.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com