'Letters to Juliet' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   4 reviews
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Find me a flight to Verona!
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Letters to Juliet represents an interesting paradox: it is a movie that is very nearly perfect without being especially good.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    As an antidote to the sugar, what we need now is a grumpy film called Letters to Lady Macbeth, in which malcontents leave rage-filled missives in the battlements of Glamis Castle.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Save yourself 10 bucks, and an hour and 45 minutes of your precious time.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    You don't have to be 13 and a tapioca-brained romantic to enjoy Letters to Juliet. But it would help.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    Redgrave brings a lovely gravity to the lightweight proceedings, while Seyfried again proves an unusually levelheaded presence.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joy Tipping Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    ... while [Vanessa] Redgrave can't cut the cliches out of Letters to Juliet entirely, she at least cuts through them occasionally.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Anyone who considers this a decent romance should check out Max Ophuls's "Letter From an Unknown Woman."
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    This one burns going down, like cheap Chianti.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    An amusing, touching, reassuringly wholesome romantic travelogue of a film that flies by on its way to the inevitable happy ending.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ronnie Scheib Variety (Top Critic)
    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."
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    The story is as straight and obvious as raw spaghetti.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a movie of blandly pretty "establishing shots," Seyfried walking her lovely self across this piazza or that vineyard.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jason Anderson Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Letters to Juliet offers little to viewers besides many trite truisms about the ways of the heart, some sumptuous views of the Tuscan countryside and a lovely performance by Redgrave.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    As you might guess, after a great deal of sniping Sophie and Charlie supposedly fall for each other. But the audience never buys it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Letters to Juliet is a by-the-numbers romantic comedy -- and I mean that in a good way.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
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