Written June 22, 2014
Xanax, neurosis, beautiful and intelligent people trading amazing dialog. If this all sounds familiar, it's because this is a Woody Allen film and there's no mistaking it. It reminded me of such greats as Hannah and Her Sisters. Cate Blanchet is spectacular and a shoe-in for an Oscar Nomination. She plays the psycho ex-wife of an extortionist and adulterer and she's a wreck. She talks to herself; she believes she's above menial jobs; and, we meet her when she's broke, lost her husband to felony charges and suicide, her son won't talk to her, and she's forced to move in with her sister in San Francisco and stoop down to socializing with blue collar workers. The storyline is so complex and fun to watch unravel that I was just laughing and truly amazed. Woody Allen still has it and, in fact, he's just getting better. There are plenty of Allen moments, but there's new technique here and it's very, very fresh. Truly a must see.
Written July 05, 2015
The story was so intriguing and unfolded in such an interesting way. It keeps your attention from beginning to end and you don't want it to end. Cate Blanchett was terrific as was Sally Hawkins, Bobby Carnevale and all of the cast.
Written August 12, 2013
The adult storyline is engaging, timely, and powerful. The acting is superb; the movie is extremely well-casted. Kate Blanchett should definitely receive award nominations for this performance! And as usual, the directing is excellent.
Written December 14, 2013
I'm not a big fan of Woody Allen movies, but I'd heard good things about this one. I'm so glad I caught it in the theaters. Kate Blanchett embodies Jasmine so entirely I kept forgetting I was watching Kate Blanchett. The rest of the cast, as well, portrayed the compelling story line in a gifted manner. My only complaint was the ending.
Written January 24, 2014
Don't bother with the voting, Cate Blanchett is Best Actress - hands down. If you like great acting, that is probably the only reason to see this movie.
That being said, this is a depressing movie about an unstable woman, in which everything possible goes wrong. Along the way, everyone she touches is impacted in a negative way. This movie is painful to watch. Unless you are into depressing movies, skip this one.