Cafe Society

 (4,586)6.61 h 36 min2016X-RayUHDPG-13
Woody Allen’s CAFÉ SOCIETY follows Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) from New York to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in high society night life.
Woody Allen
Jeannie BerlinSteve CarellJesse Eisenberg
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Blake LivelyParker PoseyKristen StewartCorey StollKen Stott
Letty AronsonStephen TenenbaumEdward Walson
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B. WellsReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
This has to be one of the worst Woody Allen movies I've ever watched
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This has to be one of the worst Woody Allen movies I've ever watched. While the cinematography was quite good, the characters fell flat on their faces. Jesse Eisenberg seemed to be doing the worst caricature of Woody Allen throughout the entire movie, while Kristen Stewart seemed to be completely bored during her scenes. There was no character development whatsoever, and as I continued watching I found that I cared less and less about what happened to these people. There was ZERO onscreen chemistry between any of the actors, and a seriously bad storyline. I kept waiting for this movie to get better as it progressed but it just got worse and by the end I was relieved it was over and upset I had wasted my time watching it! Too much stereotypical portrayal of the jewish people and a gangster brother thrown in there (not sure why) this movie was truly bad.
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D. StaleyReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Another Woody Allen Romance
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Beautifully shot, although it felt a little "Faux" '30's. There are times when it seems as if Woody is making the same movie time after time, reminding us that love, whatever that is, never works out. We see so many of the same themes --Hollywood vs NYC,-- Awkward young man--who still gets the beautiful girl--- it just seems like he sometimes plugs these elements in, varies the importance of them to the plot, and then rolls camera.
That being said, Kristen Stewart shows unexpected acting chops in this one--nice to see her tackle a roll with this level of reality in it. Reminded me of many of Allen's leading ladies through the years. Jesse Eisenberg does a credible Woody Allen impersonation, and Steve Carell handles his part of the middle aged man getting a trophy wife with out judgement, only guilt. The writing for this character wasn't all that nuanced, but Carell pulls it off well.
Overall, a good watch as a diversion.
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Richard SmithReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another triumph for Woody Allen.
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One of Woody Allen’s strongest films in years. Laugh out load funny. He found a young actor who imitates him superbly. As usual with Allen, great insights about innate sex differences: Women’s lust for powerful and commanding men, and men’s lust for beautiful and youthful women. Nothing new hear for those who study history and anthro. Universal fertility values. But good to see a frank treatment by a Lion of film making. Such candor is rare today. The story hinges on the contrast of Hollywood new money, based on glamour, with New York old money based culture and serous, deep education. We can see today who won that conflict.

There is also a sustained meditation on human nature’s “crooked timber” or inclination toward conflict, and the subsequent need for the rule of law, and peaceful resolution of conflict Of course, this debate was started in ancient Athens, and Plato’s treatment of the just state has yet to be surpassed.
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Dave CReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Let me explain horrible
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We own and rewatch regularly almost every film by Woody Allen. I think he is one of the greatest filmmakers to have produced films in our lifetime. His films survive scores of viewings, always providing new realizations once missed. His characters are often loveable or likeable. The dialogue and humor always sparkles.

Cafe Society, though beautifully lit, framed, and shot, is a horrible film filled with dull characters and subpar acting. We were mesmerized by its flaws. When future anthologies of Mr. Allen's works are made, including Manhattan, Star Dust Memories, Bullets over Broadway, Deconstructing Harry and the rest, Cafe Society will feel like a soggy piece of cardboard slowly drying in an orange-slick California sun.
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Dennis LittrellReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful 1930’s period piece film neatly directed by Woody Allen
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I watched this more out of curiosity more than anything else and found it surprisingly good. I was surprised since Woody Allen was 80-years-old when this came out in 2016. It’s rare to do such fine work in any artistic endeavor at such an advanced age. Of course the opportunity to direct Kristen Stewart was no doubt an incentive. It could be that Woody wrote this years ago and only decided to turn it into a movie when he got the very talented Vittorio Storaro to do the cinematography.


The co-incidence of uncle and nephew (unbeknownst to either one of them) falling in love with the same woman Vonnie (Stewart) was handled skillfully, especially the sequence of events that led to first Phil Stern (Steve Carell) and then Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg ) discovering their surprising rival.

In addition to this being a beautiful film with a lot of pleasing 1930’s era atmosphere it is also very cleanly directed by the old master. There is no clutter, virtually everything in the plot is necessary and I was pleased with the realistic treatment of love sadly lost, and then the possibility of it being rekindled as an illicit affair, and then… Well, I won’t say. See the movie. It’s definitely worth watching.

One more thing: Kristen Stewart at 26 was as pretty as pretty can be.

--Dennis Littrell, author of the movie review book, “Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can’t Believe I Swallowed the Remote”
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BixReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Time To Retire
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There was a time when choosing a Woody Allen Fil to watch meant that iyou would be exposed to GREAT film making.
Mr. Allen, I have no ax to grind other than your film work. I have no interest in your personal life. In fact, I felt you were treated grossly unfairly when you divorced Mia Farrow. However, I was not interested as the entire affair was personal and private. that you were innocent of any crime was obvious; —hence I did not care.
I think you must RETIRE from active film work. You are violating your superior artistic soul when you produce MEDIOCRE work such as this.
MEDIOCRE has NOT been the byword of your career. Go have a long walk and a scotch and think about retiring.
Truly, Mr. Allen, all you owe ALL of us film buffs a technical explanation and a refund.
Please retire.
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J. ArenaReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful. (Feel free to disagree.)
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Only Woody Allen can make movies like this. Depending on your viewpoint, that is high praise or damning insult. I have loved Woody Allen movies since I was a kid, and I still feel that same way today. In truth, it was his earliest films that won me over, but with little exception I continue to adore his work. As usual, the music is glorious!
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FRANK DIMAUROReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cafe Society hits all the right notes
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Say what you will about director Woody Allen, but as an American auteur of cinema, he is in a class to himself. This film glows with the golden hue of Hollywood's golden years, thanks to cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's deft touch. Brilliant camerawork and set design.The actors are not always believable in their characterizations or pairings, but the script is heartfelt and their performances pull at your heartstrings. And if you enjoy pre-war and post-war jazz music, this film is for you. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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