Vicky Cristina Barcelona

2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Critics Consensus

A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.

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Vicky and Cristina, these two young Americans spend a summer in Spain and meet a flamboyant artist and his beautiful but insane ex-wife. Vicky is straight-laced and about to be married. Cristina is a sexually adventurous free spirit. When they all become amorously entangled, both comedic and harrowing results ensue.

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Critic Reviews for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (169) | Rotten (40)

  • For all its meditations on romantic disappointments, this is a slight, sunny film. Anyone in need of some superior escapism should see it straightaway.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Slight, disposable but entertaining. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is an awful lot better than anything in his thankfully short "British" period.

    Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • The script is witty and playful, the casting just right.

    Feb 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 20, 2016
    Woody Allen's sexually charged Vicky Cristina Barcelona is definitely a showcase of the three leading ladies and their definite affirmed acting skills. Penelope Cruz is definitely the best out of both of them, her performance both confident and relaxed. Music is great as usual in a Woody Allen film, boasting an impressive score as well as OST. Unfortunately its a little boring at times and is basically a retread of some of his other works. Barcelona is beautiful though and this film definitely highlights that.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2013
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona represents one of Woody Allen's many attempts at blending comedy and drama. In this case, it's a strong bend toward drama. With Allen, these attempts can be very successful, or flat. In this case, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a largely effective blend of the two, a unique film, and a yet another story about relationships from the director with a masterful talent at depicting interpersonal dynamics to film. The film finds two friends, Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall, on vacation to Spain. Over the course of the film they become enchanted with a local painter, played by Javier Bardem. It's through this lens that the film examines themes of relationships, love, direction, life, and the perils of over-indulgent personal liberalism. The cast is perfect for the story, with strong performances from all around, with Javier Bardem representing the mysterious dreamer perfectly, contrasted with Rebecca Hall's uptight character, and Johansson's free spirit. All have great chemistry, and really serve to elevate the material. While there is humor to be found, the film's dramatic tone takes precedence, and to good effect. The story is lighthearted enough to not get bogged down by melodrama, but with enough substance to make it more than an Allen farcical excursion. The film is complemented by beautiful cinematography as well, set against the Barcelona picturesque landscape. A solid all-around edition to the Allen filmography. 3.5/5 Stars
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  • Jun 06, 2013
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a sophisticated romantic comedy from Woody Allen that explores the mysteries of love. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz, the cast is especially good and delivers strong performances. The story follows two American tourists staying in Barcelona for the summer as they become infatuated with an artist whose freethinking ways challenges their concepts about love and romance. Allen's directing is excellent, especially in how it captures the beauty of the scenery and how intimate it is with the characters. But while the film tries to be insightful, the plot ultimately goes nowhere and doesn't progress anything. A well-crafted and inspired film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is intriguing and provocative, but it doesn't quite have its message worked out.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2013
    Considering the people involved - Allen, Bardem, Penelope Cruz..and Rebecca Hall, you would expect this to be considerably better. Nonetheless, the scenes involving the now married Bardem and Cruz are fantastic enough to make this a must-see...if not a rush and see film.
    John B Super Reviewer

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