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Analyze This (1999)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 32

Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal.

61

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 9

Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 223,532

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Movie Info

In the same year that a hit cable television series, The Sopranos, successfully mined the same premise, this comedy about a mobster seeking advice from a psychiatrist was a box office winner for director Harold Ramis. Billy Crystal stars as Dr. Ben Sobel, a New York shrink who's becoming a little bored with his upscale but neurotic clientele. Into Sobel's practice comes a guy with legitimate problems, Mafia kingpin Paul Viti (Robert DeNiro), a godfather who is being reduced to tears and panic

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Comedy

Ken Lonergan, Phoef Sutton, Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis

Aug 17, 1999

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (32) | DVD (17)

[De Niro and Crystal] would seem to be perfectly cast as this oddest of odd couples, but something has gone wrong with the comic chemistry.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The comedy is heavy and the use of the stars lazy and cliched...

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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What De Niro ends up doing is simply burlesquing himself, much as he would do if he were guest-hosting Saturday Night Live.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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What we learn -- yet again -- is that potentially terrific comedies are often whacked by filmmakers who feel the need to spread a little therapy themselves.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Moments and lines are so perfect that they linger in the mind.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a treat to watch Robert De Niro -- the goodfella supreme -- tweak every gangster role he's ever played.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Thanks to three very strong writers...and the willpower of its leads, Analyze This turns out to be an amusing piffle. [Blu-ray]

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It all ends in a hail of bullets and profanities -- but the laughs keep coming.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Sometimes very funny, but wears its sudden tone swings and flurries of profanities like a pair of cement shoes...

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's a one-joke movie, but it's an awfully good joke, told here by experts.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Not since Midnight Run has Mr. De Niro been afforded such a perfect opportunity to flex his comedic muscles.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Even though it's only March, Analyze This is going to be the comedy to beat this year - nothing else so far has come close.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Robert De Niro gets the best out of his performance as the psychologically- challenged gangster.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

In Midnight Run (1988), De Niro and Charles Grodin made a wonderful team, but the pair in Analyze This doesn't seem to click in the same way.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A witty, upbeat comedy that is more concerned with making its audience laugh than any other of its cinematic virtues (or lack thereof).

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Nothing new, especially for its stars, but it's good fun nonetheless.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Unfortunately for every gag that DeNiro and Crystal pull off -- and they do have an effective comedic chemistry -- the script strands them in eddies of frivolity.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You don't go into Analyze This expecting to be surprised; you go into it hoping to be amused. Using that yardstick, the film is a terrific success.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Flaws aside, in the end Analyze This comes across with the goods -- crooked guys and straight-up laughs.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

It makes for an interesting balance of laughs and shoot-outs, but what really makes it fly is the perfect casting of Robert De Niro, the quintessential big screen gangster.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Although this comedy has been getting more praise than it deserves, it is nevertheless a solid, funny comedy.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The jokes come on like gangbusters.

August 15, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Analyze This

In January of 1999, The Sopranos made its TV debut, and it was a revelation to see a show that not only featured a mafia figure undergoing psychiatric therapy, but took it seriously. Then, just two months later, Harold Ramis directed this comedy that took that same concept, but turned it into a smart, and sharp witty comedy.

On the verge of a major mafia summit, kingpin Paul Vitti finds himself suffering panic attacks and going through a serious meltdown...all on the verge of a major meeting of the country's crime bosses. Desperate for help, he gets his main man Jelly to help him out. Coincidentally, Jelly had a run in with Dr. Ben Sobel, a psychiatrist whose practice isn't really going anywhere, who also happens to have his mind on his impending marriage.

Well, whether Sobel likes it or not, Vitti seeks him out, and, impressed, basically forces Sobel to take him on as his primary client. Surprisingly, some progress is made, but of course, things don't go all that smoothly, and the results are hilarious.

Okay, so the film isn't a masterpiece of comedy, but the writing is sharp enough, the concept is fun, if not all that original, and yeah, it is pretty funny. I think what makes the film work the most are the performances. De Niro has type casted himself in comedic roles for continually recycling the schtick of poking fun at his tough guy persona (like he does here), but what really sells it is that he plays the role straight, and his reactions to all the absurd farce are where the laughs come from, instead of being painfully forced. Crystal is wonderful, as has great chemistry with all the tough guy actors, and it's fun to see him gets stuck in all these nutty situations.

Some of the jokes are well played, despite being obvious, but hey, the film does deal with the material a lot more intelligently than the majority of the National Lampoon's output or those countless spoof movies like Epic Movie.

All in all, this makes for a pretty enjoyable movie. It's funny, has a great concept, decent execution, and features fun performances from a solid cast. Give this one a go.
October 3, 2012
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Chris Weber

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Crystal and De Niro make a very funny duo and become an unique satira of Mafia films.
July 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Analyze This is a great comedy from director Harold Ramis. Brilliantly acted with a good plot, Analyze This is a unique comedy that is very funny and Robert De Niro lampoons perfectly his previous gangster roles in this film. The films cast keeps involved and every actor gives a great performance. The jokes were great, and it's just funny to see De Niro in his role. I like these types of comedies that have a smart overtone mixed with the humor. Harold Ramis succeeds at doing that very well. This is one of his most original films, and for viewers looking for a different type of comedy, this film is for you. This is just a great film to watch if you want good comedic delivery. Unfortunately they made an awful sequel that was completely unnecessary, but if you only stick with this film, you shouldn't be disappointed. This a great film worth watching, even if the sequel is bad. Avoid the sequel, but watch this one. Harold Ramis delivers a great film that is smart, witty, well crafted and memorable. If you love a comedic take on a mafia boss, this is that film to watch and is far better than Mafia! This was a different type of film for De Niro and he pulled off beautifully. Ramis directs a great film that is almost perfect and he makes a must see comedy with a great cast of varied talent that pull off something special on-screen. Analyze This is definitely a must see comedy that Ramis fans will surely enjoy. Robert De Niro's performance alone makes this a film worth seeing.
June 23, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Paul Vitti: You're turning me down?
    2. Ben Sobel: When I got into family therapy, this was not the 'family' I had in mind.
    3. Paul Vitti: You, with your schmucky little office in your schmucky little home, you're turning *me* down? For what, so you can go back and listen to housewives piss and moan about how nobody fucks 'em right anymore?
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Ben Sobel: I'm also known to the people who know me the best as, The Fucking Doctor.
    – Submitted by Antonio R (2 years ago)
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