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Vicky Cristina Barcelona Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The writing is zippy, the story spins like a top, and Bardem turns out to be the wittiest of leading men.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    The narration, aided by a terrific score, does streamline the storytelling, and adds to it a faintly sardonic top note.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The two most hilarious characters, played by Spain's two most famous actors, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, are nothing if not cliches about tempestuous Latin lovers. But, boy, does Allen have fun with those cliches.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Smart, mature film about love, lust, and more.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this romantic dramedy has some risque material (infidelity, discussion of threesomes, passionate embraces), overall it's a witty, intelligent take on the complexities of relationships. As per usual with writer/director Woody Allen's work, its subject matter and complicated characters will likely appeal more to grown-ups than the teenage set. There's some social drinking and smoking and a little bit of swearing, and lovers are shown in various stages of courtship and love-making -- but there's no outright nudity.

  • Families can talk about the film's take on relationships -- both between friends and between lovers. Do you think the characters' relationships are realistic? What makes Vicky and Cristina such good friends? How is their friendship tested by Juan Antonio? Fans of Woody Allen can also discuss how this movie compares to his other films. What do his movies tend to have in common?

The good stuff
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    Messages: An engaged woman cheats on her fiancé and later, after they're married, considers doing it again. Another married woman fantasizes about trysting with other men and is caught kissing someone besides her husband. Lovers lie to each other and play games, though for the most part the lead characters are quite accepting of on another's needs and take great care to examine their lives and compulsions. The main relationships are actually quite loving and giving.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A tempestuous woman fires shots at her ex-lover and hurts someone in the process; they also quarrel loudly, sometimes throwing things around. There's talk of how she tries to kill herself.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Couples (men and women, women and women) kiss passionately. Lovers are shown making love, though no genitals are seen; post-sex, they're shown naked from the upper chest up, the rest covered by sheets. Lots of frank talk about sex, including discussions about threesomes. In a few scenes, a man and two women kiss and embrace.

  • language false3

    Language: A few uses of "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of social drinking. Some smoking.