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  • Summary: A Depression-era waitress spends every free moment she has at the cinema because the grand stories she finds there distract her from her pitiful life, but when a dashing character from one of the films becomes smitten with her and leaves his celluloid world, she finds herself in the middleA Depression-era waitress spends every free moment she has at the cinema because the grand stories she finds there distract her from her pitiful life, but when a dashing character from one of the films becomes smitten with her and leaves his celluloid world, she finds herself in the middle of her own fantasy romance. Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. I'll go out on a limb: I can't believe the year will bring forth anything to equal The Purple Rose of Cairo. At 84 minutes, it's short but nearly every one of those minutes is blissful.
  2. 100
    A cornball adventure film about a dashing young explorer mixing with New York cafe society types. What a delightfully complicated fantasy film this is. What Woody Allen has done with The Purple Rose of Cairo is create a classic film about our love affair with fantasy. [28 Jun 1985, p.1]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Allen has done better than this, but The Purple Rose of Cairo is a sweet little film and an interesting diversion for his legion of followers.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    Mia Farrow is note-perfect in this charming little movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    75
    The Purple Rose of Cairo, Woody Allen's tender Valentine to the movies, features poignant performances by Jeff Daniels and Mia Farrow. In the critical rush to canonize Allen, it's easy to forget how far Farrow has come as an actress. [31 May 1985, p.27]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    Tale is a light, almost frivolous treatment of a serious theme, as Woody Allen here confronts the unalterable fact that life just doesn't turn out the way it does (or did) in Hollywood films. For all its situational goofiness, pic is a tragedy, and it's too bad Allen didn't build up the characters and drama sufficiently to give some weight to his concerns.
  7. 30
    Woody Allen's naive notions of art--he thinks it means a story with a moral--might have some primitive charm if he didn't put them forward so self-importantly.
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  1. Jan 25, 2015
    10
    Woody Allen is amazing.
    I thing he is free. Free from every thing.
    Look at his films, there is no logical things in his films. every thing
    Woody Allen is amazing.
    I thing he is free. Free from every thing.
    Look at his films, there is no logical things in his films. every thing in his films is possible!
    He always surprised his audience.
    There is too different between him and Charlie Chaplin but I want to say that Woody Allen is the best comedian after Charlie Chaplin.
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  2. Aug 27, 2011
    9
    Allen at his most romantic (in terms of romanticism) about film, TPROC is as sweet as a film could be, without being sugary. It's funny, sad,Allen at his most romantic (in terms of romanticism) about film, TPROC is as sweet as a film could be, without being sugary. It's funny, sad, romantic, and quite zany, and catches Allen at his most Chaplinesque. I feel I'm about using the word 'magical' in a review, but I'll generate a substitute for the word, and use that instead. Expand
  3. JayH
    Sep 11, 2009
    8
    Woody Allen never ceases to amaze me. His imagination and humor are so admirable. This film is so unusual and incredibly creative. Woody Allen never ceases to amaze me. His imagination and humor are so admirable. This film is so unusual and incredibly creative. Enthralling even. It never fails to fascinate and in many ways it is brilliant. My only gripe is the two leads. I think Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels are too bland, better casting would have helped. The rest of the cast is terrific though, especially Zoe Caldwell. Collapse
  4. Dec 18, 2012
    7
    It is a unique concept that is filled with light comedy and romance. I really loved the characters in the movie theater. They were the onesIt is a unique concept that is filled with light comedy and romance. I really loved the characters in the movie theater. They were the ones that stole the show. Expand

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