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Blue Jasmine (12A)

Blue Jasmine (12A)

Comedy, Drama

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

The critical consensus

Allen's plotting is miles tighter than it's been for his last few; the eked-out back-story here is an especial pleasure, though one too-cute street-meet clangs a little.

****(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 15/08/2013

Woody Allen's latest demonstrates both his craftsmanship and his unique gift for balancing comedy and pathos.

****(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 05/09/2013

Blue Jasmine is an elegant, witty and sophisticated tale that reaches back into the American literary traditions of Edith Wharton and F Scott Fitzgerald, but also Allen's own magnificent tradition of compassionate human comedy. It is pure movie-going pleasure.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/09/2013

The one-liners are in evidence but this is more abrasive than you might expect. Blends rigour and vigour to join Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight In Paris as the best of late-period Woody.

****(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 20/09/2013

Blanchett is just about the best thing in this thin, clunky film. It’s a rather theatrical performance, but she conjures sympathy for a pretty awful person.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/09/2013

Allen’s best film in years, astute, humane and shot through with keen observations on the state of the world. It may also, in its pondering the price of deceit and the pain of rebuilding a life from nothing, count as broad social allegory.

*****Simon Braund, Empire Online, 23/09/2013

Woody Allen at his best.

*****Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 27/09/2013

Once again Woody Allen proves a master at creating strong female characters.

*****Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 26/09/2013

I'm inclined to think of Blue Jasmine instead as a small miracle, an autumnal drama as exquisite as it is unexpected.

*****Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 27/09/2013

A Streetcar Named Desire for the financial crisis era, Blue Jasmine loses just a little of its power as a moral fable because its depiction of working-class American life doesn't wholly ring true. But its condemnation of the culture of denial that allowed such pre-crisis affluence is still loud and clear, and as a character study it is pure gold.

****(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 27/09/2013

When the dust settles finally on this one, it’ll surely takes its place in the upper tiers of the Woody pantheon.

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 27/09/2013

Watching Blue Jasmine is like stepping into a time machine and seeing some of Allen’s great films such as Manhattan and Crimes and Misdemeanours for the first time again; it really is that impressive. After twenty years, this is finally the real comeback fans have been waiting for.

*****Lewis Carver, TVBomb, 07/10/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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