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Letters to Juliet

Romance . Drama . Comedy

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.

Actors: Vanessa Redgrave , Gael García Bernal , Amanda Seyfried , Remo Remotti , Milena Vukotic , Marina Massironi , Luisa Ranieri , Giordano Formenti , Marcia DeBonis , Christopher Egan
Directors: Gary Winick
Country: USA
Release: 2010-05-14
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  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Redgrave puts all she’s got into something other actors might just toss off or throw away. She’s present every moment; this is an actress who doesn’t have a second to waste.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Redgrave shimmers like one of Tuscany's magnificent cypress trees as an Englishwoman searching for Lorenzo (Nero).

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I know Letters to Juliet is a soppy melodrama, and I don’t mind in the least. I know the ending is preordained from the setup. I know the characters are broad and comforting stereotypes. In this case, I simply don’t care. Sometimes we have personal reasons for responding to a film.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    She delivers a solid and easy star performance. Some young performers lack a relatable quality; Seyfried has it, even with those old-school, big-screen peepers.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    It's also a case of art imitates life imitates art. If that makes it a tribute to a tribute to a classic, then it is no less enjoyable for that.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It is sweet and sentimental and embraces the fantasy (although it would have worked better without the treacly pop songs on the soundtrack).

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams

    It may not be a great film, but for moviegoers, Letters to Juliet is like that long buried missive of its title -- a hopeful sign that when we hold out for good things, our patience is sometimes rewarded. Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    I'd take any woman in my life, ages 10 to 100, to Letters to Juliet and my guess is we'd both leave with a little Italian glow.

    Time Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Is Gary Winick atoning for his sins? If “Bride Wars” was an acid spill -- and that’s putting it generously -- then Letters to Juliet is like the safety shower in your high school chemistry class, delivering an unsubtle blast of sanitized sentimentality.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Letters to Juliet will never be mistaken for an epic romance -- too light, too silly, too mistake-prone -- but the ingredients of its tasty chick-flick stew are tried and true.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's a chick flick with a likable premise.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    García Bernal's irrepressible charm provides a burst of welcome energy with each brief appearance.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    Put this title on your Netflix queue in the first place. Just give your own Mr. Right a break and don't waste your date-night dollars on the big screen.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    An ode to romance of the most starry-eyed sort, a sugary paean to quixotic clichés and a film destined to be a guilty pleasure for some (me included, sigh) and the painful price of a relationship for others (so steel yourselves).

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's unapologetic schmaltz, deftly directed by Gary Winick (Tadpole) as if it really meant something.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    A squishy-soft romance set to bouncing Italian pop. It's like a long swallow from a bottle of a very sweet wine. Goes down easy, warms the gut, leaves a film of sugar on the teeth.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It has humor and a touch of charm, but plainly needed more love, more passion, more Shakespeare.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Letters to Juliet has about half as much Shakespearean content as "Shakes the Clown" and even less sincerity.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Letters to Juliet comes off as just another movie that makes you long for a trip to Northern Italy-but not with any of these people.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    This movie believes that true love isn't supposed to be hard. A fine ideal, but it feels as flat as a pizza.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Letters to Juliet represents an interesting paradox: it is a movie that is very nearly perfect without being especially good.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Vanessa Redgrave bails out this mushy Italian-postcard romance.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    If well done, a film like Letters To Juliet should need no surprises. But it does need more than the postcard-ready vistas against which director Gary Winick (13 Going On 30) frames much of the action.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A movie that has more sap than a pine forest.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Bland, predictable picture, whose sole assets are a cute premise, the Italian countryside and the dignity Vanessa Redgrave brings to a part that, on the page, is quite beneath her.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Liz Beardsworth

    More Oh Mama than Mamma Mia!

    Empire Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    From its opening montage of Hallmark-worthy kisses to a climactic clinch under the Tuscan sun, Letters to Juliet celebrates synthetic sentiment.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Gary Winick's flat direction does the material no favors: If Egan and Seyfried have any chemistry, it's framed out of their awkwardly staged climactic kisses.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan's script relentlessly piles on goopy conversation-stoppers like "Do you believe in destiny?" and "I didn't know that true love had an expiration date."

    Variety Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The larger problem is that the central duo is just plain dull.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    (It doesn't hurt that Ms. Redgrave gets to play opposite Franco Nero, who was once the love of her life and is the father of her son.) Not even she can transform lines like "Destiny wanted us to meet again."

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    A witless ninny of a movie about Italy, romantic disillusion, Shakespeare, history, more Italy and getting to "yes" in love and intimacy.

    NPR Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A girl with relationship woes can hardly set foot in Europe these days without finding herself hip-deep in yummy food and tasty men. The latest iteration of the story is Letters to Juliet or, as I like to think of it, "Eat Pray Hurl."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Save yourself 10 bucks, and an hour and 45 minutes of your precious time.

    Washington Post Full Review
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