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Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world’s greatest cities. Lovers and Fiancées, Opera Singers and Architects, the talented and the famous, and the youthful and the wise are all players within this ensemble tour-de-force, as their stories and lives magically criss-cross and collide throughout this engaging film. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page in a movie as incredible as Rome itself.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 164
- Fresh: 71
- Rotten: 93
- Average Rating: 5.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Once upon a time, calling a movie "lesser Woody Allen" might be considered a slap in the face. Now, it's more-or-less expected.
Fresh: Most of the characters are archetypes, yet Allen treats them with genuine affection and avoids the bitterness that's marred much of his recent work.
Fresh: Allen's story moves along quite wonderfully, primarily because of his nuanced casting.
Rotten: There are four "stories", linked by the fact that they all take place in Rome. None of them are funny, interesting or in the slightest way connected to how real people exist.
NOT WOODY'S BEST, BUT STILL WORTH A WATCH
In my opinion, Woody Allen has never truly directed a bad movie. Yes, among his more prominent films such as "Annie Hall", "Manhattan", and last year's impeccably crafted "Midnight In Paris", he's turned in his share of less-than-stellar pics ("Scoop", "Cassandra's Dream", and "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger", to name a few). "To Rome With Love" can arguably be included in the latter category, as it's far from his strongest film. Even so, it still has a lot to offer in terms of comedy. The movie itself is set up in a very unique way, as it tells four separate yet interloping stories taking place in the city of Rome all at the same time. There's a young American architect reliving his youth, an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself the city's biggest celebrity, a young provincial couple that gets caught up in different awkward romantic encounters, and an aging American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage. While these small tales are certainly intriguing in bits and pieces, they simply aren't strong or consistently entertaining enough to hold the movie together on its own. Sure, they each have their own amusing comic moments (such as when Roberto Benigni's character all of a sudden becomes bombarded by a wave of paparazzi everywhere he goes for no real reason), but after a while, the gags start to feel tired and overly silly. Not to say that they aren't funny because most of them are. It's just that Allen's focus on humor over character development and insightful storytelling takes its toll in the long run. On the upside, the acting here is fantastic like in any of Woody's films. Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, and Alec Baldwin are the flick's biggest highlights, as their scenes actually have the most depth. It's too bad that their overall screen time isn't nearly as long as it should be. Penelope Cruz also makes for a particularly entertaining addition to the cast, even if the role given to her is almost entirely forgettable. I certainly wouldn't call "To Rome With Love" Allen's worst movie, not at all. But given all its shortcomings, it does leave a lot to be desired. If the characters were more well-developed and the screenplay wasn't so all over the place, this film might've been more promising. But for what it delivered, I can't say that I was entirely let down, just slightly disappointed. While it may not be as brilliant or magical as "Midnight In Paris", this decent little indie comedy is still worth a solid rent for any Woody fan.
TYPICAL WODDY ALLEN
You know, I've always been a true Woody Allen fan. His work is unique, funny, and just plane strange at times. His previous film, before "To Rome With Love", was the classic and Oscar nominated "Midnight in Paris." All I have to say is that "To Rome..." Is absolutely no match for it. Yes, it's funny. Yes, the cast is great (and its awesome to see Allen acting again too), but the film itself was weak. The plot was all over the place and the characters were underdeveloped. It's worth the rent though. Maybe I'm being to harsh...? I don't know. I just had very high expectations after the magical "Paris."
I was confused and frustrated this entire movie. It's not realistic and left me feeling completely annoyed and bewildered. I thought it would wrap up by the end and explain everything but it didn't.