Written August 26, 2014
I did not enjoy this film. I was affected by it by being disgusted with how people are portrayed in their relationships in the film. I suppose it is realistic and the acting is very good, especially Kate Blanchett, who deserves a purple heart for her work. However, what is missing in this film is the sly wit and humor Woody Allen has usually offered us. It is a hard film to watch. If Allen's intention is to demonstrate just how low, vile, naive, clueless and disgusting human beings can be in relationships, then he has succeeded. I found no humor in it. This could be due to the actors in it. None of them offer any laughs. It is possible I am missing something here but this film is a disturbing, sad, and over the top view of just how bad we humans are at our relationships, and there is no redeeming moment in the film to give us any hope for the future. I was very disappointed. It is charmless and not entertaining. It is kind of like going to the dentist.
Written August 10, 2013
This movie was beyond what I had hoped for. Blanchette deserves an oscar for her performance it was amazing. This is the best film of the year so far
Written August 23, 2014
deserves another Oscar. Anything I might say about her sensitive, powerful performance would be giving too much away.
I was not happy with some of the other actors and the cardboard script they had to work with.
See it for Cate.
Written August 01, 2013
Another Woody winner - Cate Blanchett is amazing and so is the rest of the cast.
Echos of Streetcar Named Desire but Woody makes it his own.
Written September 24, 2014
Going in I knew that this was not the usual Woody Alen fare that I have been watching since "Bananas" , "Manhattan" ,"Annie Hall" etc...in the '70s. Other than the performances from Cate Blachett and Andrew DIce Clay....the rest of the actors were as predictable and as pedestrian as the usual "Life" script. Alec Baldwin playing his predictable self.... It was a made for TV movie. Maybe Woody is really getting on, and dwelling on human conditions that are seen way too much on TV and in the movies...it's BORING already....one would think he would take another road in his writing by now. I find it hard to believe the good reviews. For me .....I add it to the few poorer productions and scripts from Woody. ....Also if you are going to film in a great city like San Francisco ...at least show the city and it's high points.....not some depressing outskirts. I say skip it......wait till cable or rent it.