Conclusion: At its most basic, To Rome with Love represents the joyous power of simple storytelling shaped by interesting and everyday but slightly off-kilter characters. The film works because it shows the quirky side of life through the eyes of a divergent collection of individuals set against one of the most alluring backdrops in the world.
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.
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: Continuing on his latter-day tour around Europe, Woody Allen follows his recent visits to Barcelona ( Vicki Christina Barcelona ), London ( Match Point Scoop ) and Paris ( Paris After Midnight ) with a stopover in Rome, and not entirely surprisingly, his view of the Eternal City as a place of many stories where miracles can happen is scarcely any more realistic or in touch with everyday life on the streets of Italian people than his romanticised views of the other...
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.