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  • Summary: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels. [IFC FIlms] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Aug 13, 2014
    100
    By the time the curtains draw to a bittersweet close, you’ll walk out feeling rejuvenated, satisfied, well replenished in humor and culture, and already planning your own trip to Italy.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 27, 2014
    90
    Now and then, Winterbottom nudges the movie in the direction of narrative... But even when it’s just ambling about, The Trip to Italy casts a warm, enveloping spell.
  3. 88
    A leg up on the first “Trip,” an altogether more delightful vacation with two blokes who might wear us and each other out along the way. But then, that’s half the fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 12, 2014
    80
    Now we know just what to expect from Coogan and Brydon, although as long as you're willing to settle in for the ride, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 29, 2014
    75
    The Trip to Italy doesn't feel entirely new, but there's comfort in familiarity, too. And as Brydon and Coogan note in one discourse, it's the rare sequel (The Godfather: Part II) that's better than its forebear.
  6. 70
    As befits its settings, The Trip to Italy aims higher than its predecessor — maybe too high — and isn’t as fresh. I enjoyed it, though.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 28, 2014
    25
    Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Aug 31, 2014
    9
    I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but the bad news is that you have to pay attention. The jokes and impersonations are hilarious, but they come thick and fast. They identify each person mimicked in passing, but you have to follow carefully. You also should know something about movie history and the Romantic poets (Byron and Shelley in particular), so I can understand that this movie is sadly not for everyone. The scenery is lush, and the food is voluptuous and lovingly filmed to the point where it can make you crazy, especially if you are eating stale popcorn as we were. The film is a lot of fun, but I didn’t give it the highest rating because of the maudlin last half hour where personal family issues and a real family member and a not-very-interesting agent appear in person. The movie fell flat, and since this film is the equivalent of mental calisthenics, it was just a bit too long and the change in tone didn’t really work for me. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2014
    8
    If you enjoyed The Trip, you should enjoy The Trip to Italy as well. It's in both the scenery & the interactions between Rob Brydon & Steve Coogan that the film particularly excels. More: http://everybodyhatesatourist.net/travel-news/travel-movie-review-the-trip-to-italy/2014/08/30/ Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2014
    8
    "The Trip To Italy" is not your average-type film but, instead, is a sequel to the filming of the road trip made by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the northern part of Great Britain which, due to its apparent success, formed the basis and reason or their "Trip to Italy". Directed by Michael Winterbottom, Coogan and Brydon drive their way in their Mini-Cooper convertible along the Italian coast sampling persons and cuisine of the most delightful nature. Intermixes with the tour they are taking are references to the two tourists’ personal life and the not so fictional versions of them. Coogan and Brydon are wonderful as they banter, ad-lib and joke with each other about their respective traits and personalities but, through it all, a caring and bonding that is rarely found in two friends without any negative agenda. You watch the film liking its heroes and wishing you could be the third member of their group. Unorthodox and unlike most films the viewer will see, I give the movie an 8 for, above all, it is fun to watch, extremely entertaining and allows the audience to experience, not only the charm of really funny men but, in addition, the breathtaking beauty of the landscape that is Italy. Expand
  4. Sep 18, 2014
    4
    Two quasi-witty guys on a road trip. Kind of annoying and there is no story. They think the dialogue is good but it's lame banter. Don't get why this got so well reviewed. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2014
    0
    Definitely not for everyone, and I was in the "not for" category. Fortunately I figured this out in the first 3 minutes, and walked out by 10 minutes with my husband. Our theater gave us comp passes for another movie. So if you do pay the $$, and you are miserable by minute 3, go ahead and get your refund. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2014
    0
    Run, don't walk from this movie if you have believed the reviews! Never have I wanted the main characters in a film to just shut up more! They waste beautiful scenery, beautiful food, and beautiful women with their self-absorbed and usually off-key or completely inappropriate badinage. Expand
  7. Sep 19, 2014
    0
    It was two hours of waiting for the movie to start and the two main characters to shut up. Worse movie, I really don't know what the critics are thinking...someone must be buying dinner or something. Terrible movie...don't bother. Expand

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