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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The best reason in years to reconsider (Woody Allen). show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It's all very slight and only sporadically amusing, and it makes Allen's "Celebrity" from last year look even more underrated than it already is. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Penn hasn't attempted much comedy since "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's masterful here. show more

  • 65
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    A vapor trail of a comedy, comfortable as an old chair (and deliciously photographed in shades of melon and banana by Chinese vet Zhao Fei), but ultimately quaint and unchallenging. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sean Penn('s) performances are master classes in the art of character development. show more

  • 88
    Miami Herald

    Penn's performance is easily the best ever seen in an Allen film. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    (Penn)'s is a lovely, soulful performance in a movie that manages to imbue tragedy with just the right grace note of insouciance -- a movie worthy of Woody Allen himself. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Exquisitely designed, lovingly executed, beautifully scored and played, every hair and note in place, it's a movie full of irony, passion and bluesy riffs. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Isn't Allen's finest work by a long shot, but an undeniable part of its fascination is trying to figure out what -- if anything, even unconsciously -- he's trying to say about how he treated Farrow. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Woody Allen's questionable toe-tapping faux-documentary. show more

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