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Blue Jasmine

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
7.87 /10
Cate Blanchett , Sally Hawkins , Alec Baldwin
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Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen

Released: 2013
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 98

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Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's latest, is a loose reworking of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. It's narratively uneven but the occasional lapses of focus are rescued by Cate Blanchett's riveting lead performance. The actress' work here is so good that it effectively launches the 2014 Oscar nomination season.
(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
Somewhat less than the sum of its parts, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine' showcases a brilliant, Oscar-worthy performance by Cate Blanchett as sort of a WASP version of Ruth Madoff.
(Lou Lumenick, New York Post)
Sally Hawkins is rarely disappointing and she's perfectly cast here as Jasmine's sister, but her character is so one note and forgiving it's tiresome. At least once I would have liked to have seen some real spark out of Ginger, but she's almost as delusional as Jasmine and wholly unwilling to confront her. I understand allowing things to slide off your back, but at some point you've got to stick up for yourself and a whole side-story involving her and a character played by Louis C.K. is entirely worthless considering it's overall effect on the narrative is little to nothing. I also received little pleasure out of Bobby Cannavale as Ginger's uncouth boyfriend Chili, who deserves a door be slammed in his face from minute one. More interesting and surprisingly impressive is Andrew Dice Clay as Ginger's ex, Augie. Augie hit it big a couple years earlier at the lottery, but eventually lost it all when Hal invested it and was later indicted. To say bad blood still bubbles warm on Augie's end would be an understatement and Dice has more than a couple great moments of true acting.
(Brad Brevet, Rope of Silicon)
One of Woody Allen's strongest and most pointed films in over a decade despite mildly falling victim to his recent propensity for clunky narrative development, cynicism, and stereotypical characterizations.
(Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine)

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