To Rome with Love

2012

To Rome with Love

Critics Consensus

To Rome With Love sees Woody Allen cobbling together an Italian postcard of farce, fantasy, and comedy with only middling success.

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To Rome with Love is a kaleidoscopic comedy movie set in one of the world's most enchanting cities. The film brings us into contact with a well-known American architect reliving his youth; an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself Rome's biggest celebrity; a young provincial couple drawn into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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  • Jun 04, 2014
    "To Rome with Love" starts with American tourist Hayley(Alison Pill) meeting cute Michelangelo(Flavio Parenti) in Rome. Following which they fall in love. Soon after, her parents(Judy Davis and Woody Allen) come to visit. Meanwhile, Leopoldo(Roberto Benigni) becomes famous. Jack(Jesse Eisenberg) recognizes John(Alec Baldwin) as a notable architect on the streets of Rome. Jack lives with Sally(Greta Gerwig) whose friend Monica(Ellen Page), an underemployed actor, is set to visit them. Antonio(Alessandro Tiberi) and Milly(Alessandra Mastronardi), a couple of newlyweds come to Rome. While looking for a hairdresser, Milly gets hopelessly lost while Antonio gets an unexpected visit from Anna(Penelope Cruz), a prostitute. Like a lot of Woody Allen's recent movies, "To Rome with Love" is a near miss, almost frustratingly so. On the plus side, the movie is a valuable reminder as to how much a valuable treasure Judy Davis is and if any actors were born to be in a Woody Allen film, it would be Jesse Eisenberg and Greta Gerwig.(To be honest, that segment would have been better if Gerwig and Page had swapped roles.) Plus, this movie is actually kind of deep at times, not to mention wistful, as it has more than a few things to say on the subject of fame which Woody Allen might know a thing or two about. But apparently he has forgotten how to do farce as well as he used to, much less as well as "Orphan Black." That's not to mention the unwieldy structure, as the uneven segments should have run back to back instead of crosscutting between them, due to the different time frames involved in each. Even worse, no segment is as fully developed as it should have been. And then there is the one with the shower which should have sounded even too ludicrous on paper which is where it should have been left.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2013
    To Rome with Love represents one of Allen's lesser works of the past decade, especially in light of the brilliant Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris. It is a slight film, and only sporadically funny. Woody Allen is the master of the lighthearted comedy, but his best work finds the human dynamics at play, and gives us humor with a biting satirical edge. To Rome with Love simply feels too gimmicky with its plot devices, and too on-the-nose with its humor. Consider the plot line involving the Italian man who becomes famous for no reason, it's all too obvious and inexplicable, even for Allen. The biggest failing with To Rome with Love is that none of the story-lines are especially compelling, nor are they connected with any ingenuity. It's all too light, whimsical, and shallow. That is the most striking indictment against the film, it's shallow. Allen is capable of great nuance and some of the most intelligent humor put to film, To Rome with Love is simply lazy Allen on autopilot. It has some charm, to be sure, with a few funny moments, but the film feels too derivative of Allen's earlier works, especially his lesser works. The cast feels wasted amidst a script that doesn't give them any real room to develop, placing its characters in increasingly absurd situations for the sake of absurdity. It's all very over-done and lackluster in its execution. A disappointment all around, especially for any serious Woody Allen fan. 2/5 Stars
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  • Jun 29, 2013
    Scattered and occasionally nonsensical but there are enough pleasant bits to balance out the things that don't work to make it an overall enjoyable film
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    This would be quite good and funny if the direction were imaginative enough to add to the charming scenes Allen's screenplay has to offer. Instead, we're left with its unfocused and mainly uninteresting plot that was only asking for a little help from the visuals.
    Emile T Super Reviewer

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