Allen appears in one of his own films for the first time since 2006′s “Scoop.” And, he’s in all his neurotic glory.
The film, which also stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page, hasn’t exactly been embraced by critics.
It scored a 45 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews and just over half, 51 percent of those who saw it, would recommend it.
Still, the film has grossed $1.2 million since it began a limited run on June 22.
“A charming but terribly self-indulgent trifle that’s less than the sum of its many parts,” wrote Ty Burr of the Boston Globe.
But some heavyweights like David Denby of The New Yorker, seemed to love it.
“Woody Allen’s new movie, To Rome with Love, is light and fast, with some of the sharpest dialogue and acting that he’s put on the screen in years. The picture gently but surely moves back and forth between romantic comedy and satirical farce,” he writes.
It also gets a thumb’s up from A.O. Scott of The New York Times. “One of the most delightful things about “To Rome With Love” is how casually it blends the plausible and the surreal, and how unabashedly it revels in pure silliness,” he writes.
The movie revolves around its ensemble cast of couples and follows them through Rome on their on romantic adventures. That includes 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; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage, according to studio Sony Classics.
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