To Rome with Love

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jul 1, 2012
    80
    To Rome with Love is light and fast, with some of the sharpest dialogue and acting that he's put on the screen in years. [2 July 2012, p.84]
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 27, 2012
    75
    To Rome With Love isn't great Woody Allen. Here is a man who has made a feature every year since 1969, give or take a few, and if they cannot all be great Woody, it's churlish to complain if they're only good Woody.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 21, 2012
    75
    This is the vital city that inspired Fellini – alive and lived in. When an actor falters or a joke falls flat, Roma stays fresh and dynamic. You can't take your eyes off it.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jun 20, 2012
    75
    The storyline involving Alec Baldwin, as an established architect on vacation in the city, is by far the most rewarding in the film, and it provides substance to what would otherwise be a strenuously whimsical endeavor.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 20, 2012
    75
    To Rome with Love - rangy, vaguely ridiculous and trepidatiously optimistic - is Allen's film for tomorrow.
  6. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jul 7, 2012
    70
    As cultural criticism, this commentary on life in the age of TMZ and the "Real Housewives" is hardly insightful, but it is executed to dizzying, Fellini-esque perfection, a miniature masterpiece amidst more modest amusements.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jun 25, 2012
    70
    At times this multiple-plot meander through the glorious labyrinth of the Eternal City can feel aimless, even lazy. But in the film's best moments, that willingness to wander works to its advantage.
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 21, 2012
    70
    One of the most delightful things about To Rome With Love is how casually it blends the plausible and the surreal, and how unabashedly it revels in pure silliness.
  9. 70
    I was blissed out during much of To Rome With Love, but I have to acknowledge its creepy side.
  10. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 4, 2012
    67
    The rest are hit-and-miss propositions with occasional flashes of wit, and a few standout performances. It's always good to see Judy Davis exchanging barbs with Allen, like when he boasts of having an IQ of 160.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 29, 2012
    67
    It's all rather sweet but instantly evanescent.
  12. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 20, 2012
    67
    Woody Allen has become such a beguiling travel agent that he rolls through these stories with a relaxed effervescence that is rather infectious.
  13. 63
    The current postcard from abroad is not great, but not grating.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 5, 2012
    63
    A charming but terribly self-indulgent trifle that's less than the sum of its many parts.
  15. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 5, 2012
    63
    Oh so slight and forgettable.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 22, 2012
    63
    In To Rome With Love, Allen approaches the leitmotif in a strange, oblique and interesting way. I fear, though, that the Italian entry in his "Let's Go: Grab Some Euro-Film Subsidies" period will be remembered as being forgettable.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 21, 2012
    63
    It's neither one of Allen's best, nor among his worst. It is also not likely to win audiences over with the passion that "Midnight in Paris" did.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    5
    A pleasant postcard from Roma, with interesting conceits. But overall, the story meandered all over the place without any satisfactory resolveA pleasant postcard from Roma, with interesting conceits. But overall, the story meandered all over the place without any satisfactory resolve and at times grew tedious. Penelope, Ellen and Alec played their usual selves. The opera singer (an actual opera singer, a famous tenor) was awesome. Woody inserted a few on-liners for himself, that made me laugh, but could be considered clumsy. A harmless and entertaining enough way to spend a winter's night and no one's brains got blown out which is always a plus. Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2012
    4
    After a decent "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona" and a good "Midnight in Paris", Woody Allen offers us a galore of stereotypes about Italy and theAfter a decent "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona" and a good "Midnight in Paris", Woody Allen offers us a galore of stereotypes about Italy and the Italians boosted to unimaginable, absurd levels. Where are all intelligent and witty jokes that used to enjoy in his movies? Where is the well balanced humour? All I receive is a flawed picture of the Italian society, which seems to be full of idiots and people obsessed with fame, not to mention a total lack of Rome itself. The atmosphere of this wonderful city was reduced to a few postcard-ish scenes that completely lack to portrait its soul. And what is Penelope Cruz doing there? She was included in the cast as a prostitute who doesn't even speak good Italian... When Carlo Verdone, a famous Italian actor from Rome, saw this movie in March, he supposedly said: "Allen knows nothing about Rome and the Romans". Unfortunately, he was right. Full Review »
  3. Jul 1, 2012
    10
    LMAO with this movie, loved every character! Much better than Midnight in Paris, with much better cast and story (or should I say stories?) !LMAO with this movie, loved every character! Much better than Midnight in Paris, with much better cast and story (or should I say stories?) ! I really love the new Woody Allen and every movie he made on the last years. This one sits as my favourite along Whatever Works. The man is really stronger when it comes to comedy, and is great to see the man back on front of the cameras. Full Review »