Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Redgrave shimmers like one of Tuscany's magnificent cypress trees as an Englishwoman searching for Lorenzo (Nero).
  3. 75
    I know Letters to Juliet is a soppy melodrama, and I don’t mind in the least. I know the ending is preordained from the setup. I know the characters are broad and comforting stereotypes. In this case, I simply don’t care. Sometimes we have personal reasons for responding to a film.
  4. She delivers a solid and easy star performance. Some young performers lack a relatable quality; Seyfried has it, even with those old-school, big-screen peepers.
  5. 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.
  6. 75
    It is sweet and sentimental and embraces the fantasy (although it would have worked better without the treacly pop songs on the soundtrack).
  7. It may not be a great film, but for moviegoers, Letters to Juliet is like that long buried missive of its title -- a hopeful sign that when we hold out for good things, our patience is sometimes rewarded.
  8. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    I'd take any woman in my life, ages 10 to 100, to Letters to Juliet and my guess is we'd both leave with a little Italian glow.
  9. 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.
  10. 63
    Letters to Juliet will never be mistaken for an epic romance -- too light, too silly, too mistake-prone -- but the ingredients of its tasty chick-flick stew are tried and true.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's a chick flick with a likable premise.
  12. García Bernal's irrepressible charm provides a burst of welcome energy with each brief appearance.
  13. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Put this title on your Netflix queue in the first place. Just give your own Mr. Right a break and don't waste your date-night dollars on the big screen.
  14. An ode to romance of the most starry-eyed sort, a sugary paean to quixotic clichés and a film destined to be a guilty pleasure for some (me included, sigh) and the painful price of a relationship for others (so steel yourselves).
  15. 50
    It's unapologetic schmaltz, deftly directed by Gary Winick (Tadpole) as if it really meant something.
  16. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    A squishy-soft romance set to bouncing Italian pop. It's like a long swallow from a bottle of a very sweet wine. Goes down easy, warms the gut, leaves a film of sugar on the teeth.
  17. 50
    It has humor and a touch of charm, but plainly needed more love, more passion, more Shakespeare.
  18. Letters to Juliet has about half as much Shakespearean content as "Shakes the Clown" and even less sincerity.
  19. 50
    Letters to Juliet comes off as just another movie that makes you long for a trip to Northern Italy-but not with any of these people.
  20. This movie believes that true love isn't supposed to be hard. A fine ideal, but it feels as flat as a pizza.
  21. 50
    Letters to Juliet represents an interesting paradox: it is a movie that is very nearly perfect without being especially good.
  22. 50
    Vanessa Redgrave bails out this mushy Italian-postcard romance.
  23. 50
    If well done, a film like Letters To Juliet should need no surprises. But it does need more than the postcard-ready vistas against which director Gary Winick (13 Going On 30) frames much of the action.
  24. A movie that has more sap than a pine forest.
  25. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Bland, predictable picture, whose sole assets are a cute premise, the Italian countryside and the dignity Vanessa Redgrave brings to a part that, on the page, is quite beneath her.
  26. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    More Oh Mama than Mamma Mia!
  27. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    From its opening montage of Hallmark-worthy kisses to a climactic clinch under the Tuscan sun, Letters to Juliet celebrates synthetic sentiment.
  28. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Gary Winick's flat direction does the material no favors: If Egan and Seyfried have any chemistry, it's framed out of their awkwardly staged climactic kisses.
  29. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan's script relentlessly piles on goopy conversation-stoppers like "Do you believe in destiny?" and "I didn't know that true love had an expiration date."
  30. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The larger problem is that the central duo is just plain dull.
  31. (It doesn't hurt that Ms. Redgrave gets to play opposite Franco Nero, who was once the love of her life and is the father of her son.) Not even she can transform lines like "Destiny wanted us to meet again."
  32. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    A witless ninny of a movie about Italy, romantic disillusion, Shakespeare, history, more Italy and getting to "yes" in love and intimacy.
  33. 25
    A girl with relationship woes can hardly set foot in Europe these days without finding herself hip-deep in yummy food and tasty men. The latest iteration of the story is Letters to Juliet or, as I like to think of it, "Eat Pray Hurl."
  34. Save yourself 10 bucks, and an hour and 45 minutes of your precious time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Dec 8, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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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  2. May 29, 2011
    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. Full Review »
  3. Jan 11, 2011
    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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