Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A movie about serendipity and spontaneity.
  2. 88
    It may be that a relationship like the one here between Rosalba and Fernando is impossible in real life. All the more reason for this movie.
  3. Soldini's amiable new comedy suggests that an older, better Italy of imagination, rationality and civility survives on the fringes of a modern nation obsessed, like most others, with consumerism, empty prosperity and easy pleasure.
  4. Nicely done, sweet, delicately comic and a complete delight.
  5. A charming little film, filled with eccentric characters and ingratiating performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    The first half of the film, in which Maglietta gradually discovers herself as something other than a servant, is genuinely engaging.
  7. Maglietta gives a magical performance in this lightweight but flavorsome comedy.
  8. 75
    An utterly beguiling tale.
  9. Actresses such as Maglietta are why movies were invented: You never get tired of her mercurial personality or of her infinitely compelling face.
  10. 75
    Manages the right balance of fairy tale and joyous self-discovery. And the Venice locations don't hurt.
  11. Soldini's consistently understated touch, and a poignant turn by Licia Maglietta as the confused and bemused main character, turns Bread and Tulips into a character study worth studying.
  12. Maglietta, whose soulful countenance and offhand grace are soothing to behold, and Ganz, who says more with a shrug and sigh than most poets do with a sonnet.
  13. Too lethargic and strung-out for its own good. Thankfully, it casts a pleasant, amusing and touching spell anyway, but more energy and a markedly shorter running time might have turned a sunny diversion into something more special.
  14. It's an endearing romantic daydream, but misses the bus where matters of reality are concerned.
  15. A sweet-spirited, extremely well-cast little comedy.
  16. As escapist fantasies go, this easygoing romance is a modest winner.
  17. 60
    For some viewers, this will seem a trial of predictability and unrelenting sweetness; for others, it's more than enough.
  18. 50
    It's all very sweet, but the film goes in too many directions.
  19. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    Characters' eccentricities feel contrived and the wackiness seems forced, though the film's amiable ambling does keep the viewer intrigued, if not charmed.
  20. 50
    A happy ending is never at issue here -- it's clear where she's going, but there's little clue where she's been.
  21. A little too shopworn and pokey to be more than a respectable European diversion.

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