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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Sep 26, 2013
    100
    After all those false dawns, non-comebacks and semi-successful Euro jeux d'esprit, Allen has produced an outstanding movie, immensely satisfying and absorbing, and set squarely on American turf: that is, partly in San Francisco and partly in New York.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    [Allen's] most sustained, satisfying and resonant film since “Match Point.”
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 8, 2013
    88
    Blue Jasmine, which is easily Allen’s best and most powerful movie since 2005’s "Match Point", is filled with terrific performances, including Hawkins as the sweet-natured Ginger.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 25, 2013
    80
    The way she (Blanchette) anchors this superb dramedy is a thing of beauty.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Aug 7, 2013
    78
    The saga unfolds in a fairly charming fashion, and only Allen’s abrupt ending breaks the spell. Clearly, the filmmaker has no more ideas than Jasmine about how to resolve her predicament.
  6. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Aug 1, 2013
    75
    Woody Allen’s first Stateside production in nearly a decade is a sharply observed, post-economic crash comedy-drama that boasts a formidable performance by Cate Blanchett and addresses such pertinent real-world concerns as class, gender and corporate criminality in urban America.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 23, 2013
    30
    Blue Jasmine is so relentlessly clueless about the ways real human beings live, and so eager to make the same points about human nature that Allen has made dozens of times before, that it seems like a movie beamed from another planet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 74
  2. Negative: 14 out of 74
  1. Aug 25, 2013
    10
    Great movie, great acting. Cate Blanchette is Jasmine, a woman who has lost touch with reality because she's lost her identity. Woody Allen's script and overall concept are both human and divine. This movie is so full of humanity, everyone should be able to relate in some odd way and feel both annoyance and empathy for its characters. I love this movie. Allen at his best. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    10
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  3. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    Blue Jasmine is one of Woody Allen's best films. Great cast and great performances.
    Cate Blanchett shows the pain that Jasmine is suffering.
    You can see how powerful her acting is.
    Sally Hawkins is awesome as Ginger and she's the only who makes a great while Cate is on screen.
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  4. Jan 20, 2014
    8
    A modern tragedy, Woody shows his writting skills are not closed to one or two genres. Outstanding acting performance by Ms. Blanchett and nice support cast. Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2014
    7
    There's no stopping Woody Allen, At 78 years old he's still making fresh films (on many occasions), that never fail to entertain as well as challenge. His latest picture, 'Blue Jasmine' is just that. Its a striking character study about a wealthy New York socialite named Jasmine, who is forced to move in with her working-class sister, Ginger; when her marriage with a wealthy business man falls apart after he's indicted. Spearheading the delightful cast which includes Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice-Clay; was Cate Blanchett. She gives tour de force performance as the titular character, one of her best! The character's vapid, snobbish behavior, mental fragility and pure malevolence, was excellently conceived by Blanchett; both on a comedic and dramatic level. But as I've said many times, a great performance sometimes isn't possible without a well written screenplay. And gosh, does that apply here; Allen screenplay is a fine piece of work. His back and forth narrative structure which juxtaposes Jasmine's high life in New York with her dissatisfaction in the earthly home of her sister, was a brilliant approach to telling the story. Not only does it allow for neat characterizations; but it was also good way of bleeding the plot, which does take unexpected turns. 'Blue Jasmine' was a splendid study of class and morality, headlined by great performances from the cast. Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2014
    5
    From the moment we open on Blue Jasmine the tension is palpable. Married to a real estate swindler, Jasmine is disgraced, broke and in the midst of a nervous breakdown, forced to stay with her sister in San Francisco. We learn of her affluence and downfall through flashbacks and neurotic story-telling to no one in particular – rehashing what was and has been, unable to come to grips with the truth of her situation. All the while we wait for the inevitable culmination as Jasmine continues to live beyond her means while staying with her sister, someone her husband defrauded.

    Jasmine drowns herself in vodka martinis and is absolutely loathsome and irredeemable as the dishonored socialite. The pain and turmoil is clear in every scene featuring Cate Blanchett, though in the end it is impossible to sympathize for she is as unethical as her former husband clinging to her Hermès bag while donning a Chanel coat, all deliberate costume choices. Ms. Blanchett really is immaculate in this film and carries it throughout. Though aspects of the character seem a bit repetitive in comparison to former roles, which might detract from her ability to garner wins in the ‘best actress’ category. Further, every role is perfectly casted, especially her sister Ginger, played by Sally Hawkins, and Ginger’s love interests in the movie, played by Louis CK, Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale. With all Woody Allen films, the story telling is heavily reliant upon dialogue; and despite its California setting, Allen cannot shake the New York feel, no matter how brightly the movie was shot.

    It is a good movie with a superb tragic protagonist, a female in the grips of despair and how those around her react as it affects them. But, the pinnacle and conclusion and story itself is dissatisfying, as no true resolution occurs.

    We, as the viewers, discover Jasmine’s culpability and everything continues just as it began. Audiences will probably not go back to it and I doubt it will have the longevity of greater movies released this year.

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  7. Aug 25, 2014
    0
    I used to love Woody's movies and I even loved the dramas but this movie is terrible. None of the dialogue rings true, even the direction is bad and Woody, you are stealing the basic premise of Streetcar Named Desire and butchering it. Why people are showering praise on this pile of crap is stunning. The actors do a valiant job of trying to bring some truth to this dung heap but nobody could. Louis C.K. can write and direct circles around what Woody is doing now and is totally wasted in this. People walk up to characters in this and spout dialogue that no one would say and no one who has a brain or taste can possible think this is good. The only explanation must be that because of what Woody has done in the past and the controversy surrounding him now, which by the way I do not care about, has made people support his work no matter what but this is possibly his worst movie ever.Stop making movies Woody, enjoy the accolades of the past and let better writers and directors take your place, Louie for one and let us love and remember you at your best, this is movie is far from that. Expand

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