Puccini for Beginners
Puccini for Beginners (2007)

A woman who loves opera finds herself playing a romantic version of musical chairs in this independent comedy from writer and director Maria Maggenti. Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) is a writer who has been involved with Samantha (Julianne… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Woody Allen-ish film that needs more of the caustic wit expected from the best New York rom coms.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Fresh Manhattan locations prove as photogenic as the leads, and the supporting actors -- especially Tina Benko as a glacial, impeccably dressed amazon -- don't miss a beat of Maggenti's snappy dialogue.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Puccini for Beginners doesn't quite make it as romantic comedy. Most of the elements are in place, but the characters seem too narcissistic to fall in love and too broad-brush to be authentic.

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S. James Wegg

But when all is said and done, Maggenti’s film transcends mere lesbian angst and offers some food for thought to lovers everywhere as they dance, sing or fornicate around the scary subject of commitment.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Reaser really doesn't stand a chance. She's plucky as heck, and you like her despite the script, but she can't save the movie.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Has a likable smartness to it; like a good Woody Allen film with a gay twist.

Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

It's amiable enough but there's nothing on show to make it stand out from the average rom-com.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

There is pleasure and even insight to be had in Puccini but it all feels second-hand, and therefore, of questionable provenance.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's no fun to sit through the movie's retread Woody Allenisms, including postmodern repartee among the self-absorbed or giddily neurotic and passing strangers suddenly given to ironic Greek chorus-like commentary.

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Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire

Puccini is the joyously refreshing romancer that it tries so hard to be. Its success has a lot to do with its casting directors who have peopled both the major and minor roles with aplomb. Even off-off-Broadway legend Helen Hanft has a cameo.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A lesbian on the rebound begins dating a man and a woman who have, unbeknownst to her, recently broken up. Most of this film clips by at a great pace, and some… More
Leo L
Great movie!! Absolutely hilarious story plot. Intriguing. Here's a story of one woman who struggles to embrace relationship and commitment. Fearing those… More
Alice Shen
Elizabeth Reaser is lovely, complicated, and adorably clueless. Aspects of this movie echo Annie Hall: random strangers doling out romantic advice, eccentric… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Puccini for Beginners", Allegra(Elizabeth Reaser), a writer, has just been dumped by her girlfriend, Samantha(Julianne… More