Barcelona (1994)

Whit Stillman's follow-up film to Metropolitan is a tart and chilly romantic comedy about Americans abroad during "the last decade of the cold war." Ted Boynton (Taylor Nichols) is an American salesman based in Barcelona with… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 29, 1994
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

An exquisitely composed yet fiercely combative satire (set in the eighties) of European mores as seen through the eyes of two young exemplars of the American establishment.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A remarkable find: The film doesn't stop at getting your attention, it rewards it.

Witney Seibold

Stillman's films tend to be about that magical moment when you realize people might actually start calling you on your s***.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is fairly amusing stuff-brittle, fresh, and impudent - if you can stomach all the upscale arrogance.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It appears at first to be about the casual lives of young men trying to launch their careers, but eventually ... it reveals darker depths and meanings.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Combines romance, comedy, philosophy and politics into one tantalizing package.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Slyly hilarious, esthetically sound and spiritually restorative.

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James Berardinelli

This film is the distillation of an intriguing blend of romantic comedy, satire, drama, and philosophy.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Oozes affection for its subjects, and that carries it through even the weaker character moments and the more jarring shifts of narrative and tone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
Whit Stillman is like Woody Allen; if Woody Allen refused to make a film a year and really concentrated on saying something new with each film his makes.… More
John Ballantine
It's a shame that Stillman makes so few films. His talky feasts have attracted imitators and launched stardoms but films like this prove his originality.
Juli Ryan
A dialogue-driven story about two Americans in Barcelona.