Excerpt: Of all the movies I’ve seen, there are certain filmmakers out there that will always draw me in. I’m talking of the Scorceses’, P.T. Anderson’s and Quentin Tarantino’s of the world. Granted the name Woody Allen is about as synonymous with filmmaking as any of those fine gentlemen and Allen has a “love him or hate him” mantra about him that’s pretty self-explanatory.
Excerpt: Apparently the huge success of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" has led to other cities clamoring for director Woody Allen to help transform moviegoers into would-be tourists with travelogues disguised as comedies. This time, the treatment is given to Rome, Italy, and while Allen tries to create something from the same comedic mold as "Midnight in Paris," without having strong enough characters or story ideas for any of them to maintain a full-length feature, he instead...
Excerpt: The story of two newlyweds (Allesandro Tiberi, Boris ; Allesandra Mastronardi, Titanic: Blood and Steel ) who find themselves accidentally separated and respectively seduced by a gorgeous prostitute (Penelope Cruz, Volver ) and a famous movie star (Antonio Albanese, Days and Clouds ). Woody Allen experienced something of a resurgence in 2011, delivering the biggest box office hit of his career in the form of Midnight in Paris .
Summary: In this city, all is a story. Yes, Woody's still got it. The legendary Actor/Writer/Director follows up on the Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris with the not-so-demonstrably-magical but nevertheless engrossing and fun To Rome with Love , a simple, quirky, and lovable tale of four different groups of people experiencing four unique slices of life around one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Conclusion: As Woody Allen films go, 'To Rome With Love' falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. It's far from his most moving or side-splitting work, but there's a pleasantry about it that draws you into the film and makes for an enjoyable viewing. Unless you're a die-hard Woody fan, this is a picture you will probably just want to rent rather than add to your permanent collection. It's worth a viewing… but once should be enough for most.
Conclusion: To Rome with Love is one of Woody Allen's lesser efforts. Anyone working as frequently as him seems entitled to have one of those once in a while. This international comedy is short on laughs, logic, and consistency. Unless you make a point to see every one of Allen's films, this is one you can skip.
Excerpt: Not since John Singleton’s Abduction has a title lied to us on the level of To Rome With Love . Much like how the horrendous Taylor Lautner action film never contained an actual abduction, Woody Allen’s latest directorial effort is far from a love letter to Rome and is, in fact, quite the opposite: it shows that the Italian city can be just as generic and dull as anywhere else. A multi-narrative comedy, the film follows a number of people as they experience life in Rome.
Excerpt: The latest stop on Woody Allen ’s postcard tour of the great European capitals is Rome—“the eternal city,” per one character’s dreamy description, “it never changes.” It also never comes to convincing contemporary life onscreen, though it sure looks hermetically pretty—all warm sun, golden piazzas, quaint cafes, and winding cobbled streets.