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  • Summary: When a young American travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1951, she inspires its author to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined. (Summit Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 85
    Redgrave puts all she’s got into something other actors might just toss off or throw away. She’s present every moment; this is an actress who doesn’t have a second to waste.
  2. It's also a case of art imitates life imitates art. If that makes it a tribute to a tribute to a classic, then it is no less enjoyable for that.
  3. Is Gary Winick atoning for his sins? If “Bride Wars” was an acid spill -- and that’s putting it generously -- then Letters to Juliet is like the safety shower in your high school chemistry class, delivering an unsubtle blast of sanitized sentimentality.
  4. 50
    Vanessa Redgrave bails out this mushy Italian-postcard romance.
  5. Letters to Juliet has about half as much Shakespearean content as "Shakes the Clown" and even less sincerity.
  6. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    40
    More Oh Mama than Mamma Mia!
  7. Save yourself 10 bucks, and an hour and 45 minutes of your precious time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Sep 11, 2010
    8
    Being a bloke I resisted seeing this because I heard it received ho-hum reviews. Was I wrong. And just for context I couldn't even finish watching SexCity2, which was just terrible. Anyways Letter is a sweet charmer, and sure it's predictable, but so what. Fantastic scenery, good performances all round and Vanessa Redgrave was superb. What a magnificent, radiant presence to light up the screen. So against expectations I thoroughly enjoyed it. And even had a little weep. And I'm so tired of cynical critics who just seem to get off trashing everything they can (no wonder they're a dieing breed). Movies don't have to be great works of art, they can just be entertaining and heart warming. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. At the 1978 Academy Awards ceremony, Vanessa Redgrave did a very punk rock thing; she spoke her mind. While accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Fred Zimmerman's "Julia", Redgrave, a PLO supporter, referred to the Jewish Defense League as "Zionist hoodlums", in response to the death threats, and the witnessing of herself being burned in effigy outside The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. "Arafat's whore"(as she was called) did not stick to the script. Needless to say, Redgrave was lustily booed by her peers. Three months earlier, as "Julia" was doing solid business in theaters nationwide, fellow Brit Elvis Costello whipped up some civil disobedience of his own, scaring NBC censors when the punk rocker brought "Less Than Zero" to a screeching halt, before ordering the Attractions to start anew with "Radio Radio" on "Saturday Night Live". But nobody stays irascible forever, as evidenced by Costello's collaborations with artists outside the realm of popular music, most notably, The Brodsky Quartet, the esteemed musicians who backed the former angry young man on "The Juliet Letters", a baroque anti-rock cycle of songs inspired by a Verona professor's answering of letters that were postmarked for the famed Capulet. Redgrave, as well, in "Letters to Juliet", playing Claire, an old woman searching for a man named Lorenzo, fifty years(incidentally, the same numerical edition of the Oscars that yielded her gold statuette) after forsaking her first love, would seem to have mellowed out, likewise. Despite Claire's maternal gravitation toward the motherless Sophie(Amanda Seyfried), recipient of a tender hairbrushing and other surrogate mother actions, Redgrave goes rogue on us. In an act of protestation against the film's sentimentalism, the old woman gives a one-finger salute to the whole drippy enterprise, disguised as an itch on her forehead that she scratches with her middle digit during a luncheon among the Secretaries of Juliet. Does "Letters to Juliet" deserve it. Not really. But how punk. Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2011
    5
    The tagline is: what if you had a second chance to find true love? It all begins like Taylor Swift song LOVE STORY, -We were both young, when I first saw you-. There is a place in Verona where broken-hearted women wrote their letters and attached it on the wall. Those letters will be replied by a group called Juliet Secretaries. By her curiosity, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) got involved into the group, while she was on vacation with her fiancé, Victor (Gael García Bernal). Sophie accidentally found an unanswered letter, and tried to reply it back after 50 years. The letters which wrote by a woman named Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), takes them to a quest to find Claire first love, Lorenzo Bartolini. Young Bartolini once asked Claire to run away with him. Thiz part is when the song says, -Romeo takes me somewhere we can be alone, I will be waiting all there has left to do is run-. But young Claire never showed up. Meanwhile, Claire grandson, Charlie (Christopher Egan) comes along to join their road trip adventure. Later, Sophie and Charlie have found their self actually they also have special feeling with each other. Amanda Seyfried had always been my personal favorite Actress since I first saw her in MAMMA MIA! (2008). But I have to admit her acting did not show particular improvement yet. Seyfried chemistry with Egan as her love interest is extremely poor. It seems Egan does not know what to do with his role. Gael García Bernal who I respected him as an extraordinary Actor in Indie movies (such as: Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001), THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004) and others), also made one dimensional performance with his monotone behavior. Vanessa Redgrave shows better performance as Claire, although it is not so special either. A good story to tell, but missed almost all aspects in directing, the man who is responsibility for that is Gary Winick (also directed CHARLOTTE WEB (2006) and BRIDE WARS (2009)). In Fact, the emotions are barely flat throughout the entire movie. Despite its obvious inadequacies, there is one heartwarming moment, when at last Claire met Charlie again. Their reunion healed their long lost love, the believability was effective. That is the time we came to the end of the song, -You will never have to be alone, I love you and that is all I really know-. Fabulous letter but did not get delivered.


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  4. May 29, 2011
    5
    Simply charming, a typically ravishing movie and with every clichés that deserves. Talking that the movie is characteristically romantic and it has clichés might seems negative but in this case is not. The movie is so well written, the script is genial, the performances are truthful, the photography is beautiful, the soundtrack is so charming... without words. For those who likes romance it's a obrigatory movie. Probably a modern classic hence a couple years. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2012
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The script is dreadful; this scene speaks for itself...
    Sophie: "Can you move anything?"
    Charlie: "Only my lips."

    One of the worst films of 2010. Hated it!
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  6. Oct 6, 2010
    1
    This movie was simply awful - Boring, bland & extrememly predictable. I gave it a 1 for a nice location, but it lost a lot of points for wasting a couple of hours of my life. That's it i'm afraid. Expand

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