What If You Had A Second Chance To Find True Love?
"Redgrave shimmers like one of Tuscany's magnificent cypress trees as an Englishwoman searching for Lorenzo (Nero). Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
|In Verona, Italy - the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet - there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It's there that aspiring writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds a 50-year-old letter that will change her life forever. As she sets off on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter's author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson (Christopher Egan), all three will discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is your own.|
"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. Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
MAMMA MIA!?s Amanda Seyfried stars in this romantic drama set in Verona, Italy. A young American journeys to the town, where she becomes a volunteer, answering letters addressed to Shakespeare?s Juliet that ask for the fictional young character?s advice on love. When an older woman (Vanessa Redgrave) receives her response, she too travels to Italy, where romance is on the itinerary for both women.
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"Redgrave shimmers like one of Tuscany's magnificent cypress trees as an English-woman searching for Lorenzo, the Italian man she loved a half century earlier..."
New York Times
"[T]he film fulfills every one of its ambitions with the same kind of brisk efficiency that its heroine brings to her job of magazine fact-checking."
Los Angeles Times
"LETTERS TO JULIET is an ode to romance of the most starry-eyed sort....Cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo has bathed everything in a golden glow that Redrave floats through..."
"Set in stunning locales in Italy, LETTERS is a guilty pleasure that's lighter on the guilt and heavier on the pleasure."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]rapped up in unimaginably beautiful shots of the Italian countryside..."
"Seyfried gives a wonderfully loose, unstudied performance -- nothing she does is forced."
Sight and Sound
"Seyfried, swiftly becoming Hollywood's go-to girl for lightweight romantic leads, is a natural choice for sweet yet savvy Sophie..."
Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
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...Letters to Juliet is about Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), an American girl who visits Verona with the man she's engaged to marry (Gael Garcia Bernal). He's always leaving her behind to investigate wine and truffles for his New York restaurant. She visits the house allegedly inhabited by Shakespeare's Juliet. Below the balcony there, lovelorn women for years have posted "letters to Juliet," asking for advice...Sophie finds a letter 50 years old, written by a young British girl about a Tuscan boy she met, fell in love with and allowed to fall out of her life. Sophie writes to the girl, the letter amazingly finds its way, and soon Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) arrive in Verona. So now, if we're experienced moviegoers, we know what must happen by the end of the story...All of this is wrapped up in unimaginably beautiful shots of the Italian countryside, the warmth of the friendship between Sophie and Claire, and visits to many of the men named Lorenzo Bartolini, which was the name of the boy Claire loved so long ago. A hard-hearted realist would suggest that Sophie help Claire check out the possible Lorenzo Bartolinis by use of the phone, but no. Letters to Juliet requires the three of them to visit the candidates in person, leading to a series of false leads and at last, of course, to the real Lorenzo Bartolini (Franco Nero).
- Roger Ebert