The Purple Rose of Cairo Synopsis
A 1930s movie character comes to life.
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
A cornball adventure film about a dashing young explorer mixing with New York cafe society types. What a delightfully complicated fantasy...
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
I'll go out on a limb: I can't believe the year will bring forth anything to equal The Purple Rose of Cairo. At 84 minutes, it's short but...
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88

TV Guide

Allen has done better than this, but The Purple Rose of Cairo is a sweet little film and an interesting diversion for his legion of...
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80

Empire

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Mia Farrow is note-perfect in this charming little movie.
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75

Boston Globe

The Purple Rose of Cairo, Woody Allen's tender Valentine to the movies, features poignant performances by Jeff Daniels and Mia Farrow. In...
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50

Variety

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Tale is a light, almost frivolous treatment of a serious theme, as Woody Allen here confronts the unalterable fact that life just doesn't...
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30

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Woody Allen's naive notions of art--he thinks it means a story with a moral--might have some primitive charm if he didn't put them forward...
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Whimsical Woody Allen love note to '30s films.
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