Finding a poignant love letter in a wall dedicated to Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet, a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) sets out to help its aged author find her long-lost beau.
" Ms. Redgrave gives the film, which was directed by Gary Winick, a heart and a buoyant spirit. Seeing her in action is like sitting in on a master acting class. "
" 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. "
" Redgrave brings a lovely gravity to the lightweight proceedings, while Seyfried again proves an unusually levelheaded presence. "
" Its cast is remarkably strong for such simple fare. Cynics will mock it, but it's an undeniable crowd pleaser even if its resolution drags on too long. "
" Letters to Juliet represents an interesting paradox: it is a movie that is very nearly perfect without being especially good. "
" Not to be a cynic or anything, but maybe a fictional 13-year-old isn't the best source of advice for the lovelorn. "
" This one burns going down, like cheap Chianti. "
" ... while [Vanessa] Redgrave can't cut the cliches out of Letters to Juliet entirely, she at least cuts through them occasionally. "
" What's important is that it avoids the unfunny jokiness and juvenile tendencies that define too many romantic comedies while also sidestepping the mawkishness of the Nicolas Sparks-inspired dramas. "
" Letters to Juliet is a by-the-numbers romantic comedy -- and I mean that in a good way. "
" Save yourself 10 bucks, and an hour and 45 minutes of your precious time. "
" A sugary paean to quixotic cliches 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). "
" Redgrave is incandescent, and casting Franco Nero as Lorenzo was inspired. "
" The story is as straight and obvious as raw spaghetti. "
" There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours. Set in some stunning locales in Italy, Letters is a guilty pleasure that's lighter on the guilt and heavier on the pleasure. "
" As you might guess, after a great deal of sniping Sophie and Charlie supposedly fall for each other. But the audience never buys it. "
" An amusing, touching, reassuringly wholesome romantic travelogue of a film that flies by on its way to the inevitable happy ending. "
" Letters to Juliet offers little to viewers besides many trite truisms about the ways of the heart, some sumptuous views of the Tuscan countryside and a lovely performance by Redgrave. "
" Cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo's sun-drenched palette would be a perfectly sound reason to see this film, but happily it's not the only one. "
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