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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Allen, who stays behind the camera, brings too little wit and too much contrivance to material that quickly dissolves into warmed-over Dostoevski. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In thematic terms, Cassandra's Dream could be looked at as a rebuttal to "Crimes and Misdemeanors." show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Farrell is quite good, though it's hard to buy the Scottish McGregor and the Irish Farrell as brothers. But mostly, the film feels rudderless, almost as if it's been directed on autopilot. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There's not a believable character, nor line of convincing dialogue to be found. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The Coen brothers might have pulled this off, but it's out of Allen's faltering reach. show more

  • 40
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    As writer, Allen offers lazy plotting, poor characterization, dull scenes and flat dialogue. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie is actually a softer treatment of the similar sibling anguish in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." Allen isn't enough of a great dark artist to pull off a full-scale tragedy the way Lumet does. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The identical premise is used in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which is like a master class in how Allen goes wrong. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Allen is obsessed with the notion of getting away with murder, mulling over which personalities can shoulder the psychological burden of killing without remorse, while others crumble under the pressure. The problem is, you don’t feel the human sweat and strain in Cassandra’s Dream, despite game work from Farrell and McGregor. show more

  • May 22, 2008 haggart1936
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    Woody Allen has topped Match Point with this great movie. Excellent cast and great story well directed. Thanks Woody

  • May 22, 2008 jillellen
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    we've been waiting for a new flick from woody...loved it...redeems the ending of "crimes and misdemeanors"...can't wait to get the dvd and see it again...everyone in the theatre seemed to like it...alot of gasping at the end...fabulous fun...DON"T MISS IT...

  • May 22, 2008 eahofler
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    I kept looking at my watch for when it was going to be over.I love Woody Allen movies, but he should stick to [dark or light] comedy.I was hoping something was going to happen. At the very least kill the main characters to get it over with.

  • May 22, 2008 ogosse
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    This was an edge-of-your-seat psychological thrill ride from beginning to end. Don't miss it!

  • May 22, 2008 bilpet
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    No big deal. I,m not a Woody Allen fan but did enjoy Match Point so thats why i went to see this movie[not film].I would eve think twice before i rent it on DVD which should be out soon.Dissapointed-----------Bill Petitte

  • May 22, 2008 talik53
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    So what'd Woody do, phone this in? The whole movie felt like a big acting class. It is no Match Point but it was watchable.

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