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Letters to Juliet

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Super swoony romantic fluff that's fun for tweens.

Movie PG 2010 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 11+

Love like Rom.

A hundred percent worth to watch.. i love it

This title has:

Great messages
age 9+

Adorable heart warming entertainment

Letters to Juliet is one of the best romantic films I’ve seen. Yes I realize it can be pretty cheesy and cliché at times, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. It features accomplished actors such as Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave, who both do very well with their roles. It also features Christopher Egan, who plays Charlie and I loved him in that role, he fit it perfectly and him and Seyfried had good working chemistry. It’s a film basically anyone around 8/9 can and I think will enjoy.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (57 ):

With lesser actors, this fairy-tale romance would be borderline unwatchable. It's ridiculously cheesy and predictable -- from the moment Charlie (played by the compelling English actor who starred in the short-lived, high-concept drama Kings) enters the Secretaries of Juliet office, it's obvious he and Sophie will do what every cinematic couple who meets-cute does -- fall head over heels for each other. The movie manages to make Garcia Bernal, usually one of the most charismatic and appealing actors, look like he's more of a best friend than a fiance, and it's difficult to buy. There's nothing particularly magnetic about Charlie and Sophie's attraction, and in fact, the most spark in the story is between Claire and Lorenzo, which is understandable, considering the actor, Franco Nero, who's Redgrave's real-life husband.

Seyfried's considerable charm, coupled with Redgrave, and the Romeo & Juliet theme save this otherwise underwhelming romantic comedy from the waste bin. The irresistible Italian locations are more alluring than the storyline, and when the Italian soundtrack kicks in, the movie starts to seem like an extended travel show. There really is a group of 15 women who reply to the lovelorn letters to Juliet, and it wouldn't be surprising if there's an upsurge in letters and heartsick visitors to Verona. This is definitely not the love story of the ages, but it's sugary sweet, and just the kind of predictable fluff young girls will appreciate.

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