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To Rome With Love Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Euro-vacation picture time at Grandpa's. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    54

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    For better or worse, Woody Allen turns out a movie every year. Last year's "Midnight in Paris" was better than better; that is to say, sublime. To Rome With Love is worse than worse, as inert as its predecessor was inspired.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Allen the writer-director has gone tone-deaf this time around, somehow not realizing that the nonstop prattling of the less-than-scintillating characters almost never rings true.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Woody Allen has become such a beguiling travel agent that he rolls through these stories with a relaxed effervescence that is rather infectious.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Allen lauds Rome in neurotic but teen-friendly comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Woody Allen's ensemble comedy To Rome with Love deals largely with relationship absurdities -- the way we sabotage our connections and get in our own way --- and so may be more interesting to older teens and adults than to younger viewers. Expect cheeky, sexually tinged humor, some swearing (a few "s--t"s and one use of "f-ck"), drinking as a social lubricant, and a healthy dose of Allen's trademark angst.

  • Families can talk about To Rome with Love's messages about relationships. How does it portray love and marriage? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding relationships.
  • What is the movie saying about the nature of fame in the 21st century? What role does media play in that?
  • How are Americans portrayed in this movie? Do you think it's a fair/accurate depiction?
  • Are you familiar with any of Allen's early work? Which filmmakers have stood the test of time?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Everyone's lost in a neurotic fog, but some characters are more lost than others. Eventually, some find their way.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Almost everyone in To Rome with Love is a neurotic mess, though some are straining to wrestle their demons (not always with much success).

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Yelling and screaming; one woman draws a knife on a man, but it's done in a comical and cartoonish manner.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references/jokes. Kissing and making out; husbands and wives cheat on each other, which is sometimes accepted as a given. A woman is shown putting on her underwear.

  • language false3

    Language: Relatively infrequent use of words including "f--k" (said once), "s--t," "bulls--t," "damn," "hell," "oh my God," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brand/labels seen or mentioned include Alitalia, Canon, and Ambien.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of social drinking, from beer to wine to hard liquor. One character pops pills.

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