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Blue Jasmine Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

Alice doesn't live here anymore. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    78

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Cate Blanchett tops anything she's done in the past with her portrait of a fallen woman who's a hoot, a horror, a heartbreaker and a wonder. The mystery of the movie as a whole is that it depicts a bleak world of pervasive rapacity, deceit and self-delusion, yet keeps us rapt with delight.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Blanchett’s performance is so dominant in terms of screentime and emotional impact that the film succeeds as not only a virtuoso ensemble piece, but also an unflinchingly intimate study of the character in the title.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New Yorker David Denby

    Cate Blanchett, who played Blanche on Broadway only a few years ago, gives the most complicated and demanding performance of her movie career. The actress, like her character, is out on a limb much of the time, but there’s humor in Blanchett’s work, and a touch of self-mockery as well as an eloquent sadness.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Although marred by a couple of too-convenient plot contrivances, this often humorous drama lands firmly in the plus column among the Woodman's recent works.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Woody is still capable of writing and directing one of the liveliest, funniest and sharpest movies of the year.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's one of the year's finest, most complex portrayals, in one of Allen's best films in years.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Smart, timely Woody Allen dramedy has drinking, pills.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Blue Jasmine is a Woody Allen-directed dramedy with themes that may be too mature for tweens and younger. The protagonist is mentally unstable and is falling apart right before viewers' eyes. Characters don't readily empathize with one another, and they sometimes sabotage each other, not to mention themselves. There's lots of drinking and pill-popping -- the main character, Jasmine (aka Jeanette), relies on hard liquor and prescription medication to get through the day. Another character is very angry, bordering on abusive, and there's some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.).

  • Families can talk about whether the story Woody Allen is telling in Blue Jasmine is relevant to these times. Why or why not? 
  • How does the movie depict drinking and prescription drug use? Are they glamorized at all? Are there realistic consequences?
  • Jasmine and Ginger are sisters. Do they seem like they like each other? Respect each other? Is their relationship a good one?
  • Talk to your kids about Jasmine's plight. Is she a victim or complicit? Are we intended to sympathize with her?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film is somewhat bleak, but if there's one message, it's this: What goes around comes around.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Ginger is a pragmatist and a survivor. And although her sister hasn't always been nice to her, she still opens her arms to her. But Jasmine defines herself by her position on the social (and financial ladder), and doesn't seem to understand that the world doesn't live nearly as well as she does. Characters don't readily empathize with one another, and they sometimes sabotage each other, not to mention themselves.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Loud fights between couples, one of which culminates in a woman getting out of a car abruptly (almost while it's still moving). A man screams at a woman's face in anger, roughly grabbing her. One character is very angry, bordering on abusive.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some kissing and groping, plus allusions to sex, but viewers don't actually see much.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes a couple of uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "hell," "crap," "damn," "goddamn," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands/products associated with affluence are used to denote someone's "high class" stature: Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Hermes, Polo, and the like.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A woman pops prescription pills and chases them with vodka or any other liquor every chance she can get. (She's clearly developing a drinking and pill-popping problem.) Social drinking at parties.

Fan Reviews provided by

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First Woody Allen flick.. not impresssd by kekejunkmail
This movie was dry w/ little humor, depressing, flat, one-dimensional, the supporting characters were cheesy w/ no arcs and the main character had no destination in the story. If you watch, you will end up asking "Where is this story going?" It ends out of nowhere and was largely disappointing. It's really about a spoiled, shallow New York socialite losing her riches. Whatever.

5

by jc07ll

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