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70

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The film's freedom and control, its inspiration and focus, announce it as the work of a confident and mature artist.
88
As exhilarating, captivating and enjoyable as a summer romance in an exotic city.
88
Smoking, shouting, practically shooting off sparks, Cruz spreads a wildfire sexuality across Allen's sunny tableau of Catalan country picnics and scenic Barcelona ramblings.
88
After years of diminishing returns, Woody Allen spectacularly returns to form with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, his funniest movie in years and arguably his sexiest.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
75
Woody Allen's sexiest movie ever.
75
The actors are attractive, the city is magnificent, the love scenes don't get all sweaty, and everybody finishes the summer a little wiser and with a lifetime of memories. What more could you ask?
75
Chicago Tribune
I enjoyed it as much as any Allen film of the last 20 years.
70
The narration, aided by a terrific score, does streamline the storytelling, and adds to it a faintly sardonic top note.
67
The writing is zippy, the story spins like a top, and Bardem turns out to be the wittiest of leading men.
60
Bardem's performance is so good it tends to mask how lacking much of what surrounds it is.
60
There are two stormy performances from Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz that elevate Allen's melancholy thoughts on love and relationships.

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