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Anything Else (2003)

tomatometer

40

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 79

Too many elements from better Woody Allen films are being recycled here.

32

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 25

Too many elements from better Woody Allen films are being recycled here.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 21,790

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Movie Info

A young artist struggling with his career and his muse is getting more than a little aggravation from Cupid in this romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) is a promising 21-year-old comedy writer living in New York City. While Jerry has talent, he's having a hard time getting his career off the ground, which might have something to do with the fact his agent Harvey (Danny DeVito) is a well-meaning, but ineffectual, blowhard, and his mentor David Dobel

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Comedy

Woody Allen

Dec 23, 2003

$3.1M

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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (79) | DVD (15)

None of this adds up to much of a movie; it's more like a filmed hodgepodge of not-fully- thought-out ideas and one-liners and small shards of jaundiced polemic.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Curiously, Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci come out better than I imagined after being compelled to play out the movie's sadomasochistic tag line.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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I didn't laugh once.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Who knows what sense an American Pie-digging, Woodman-ignorant undergrad might make of the canned rhythms, the trilobite-era one-liners, the awkward declarative dialogue, the Catskills-resort frames of reference, the freshman philosophy.

September 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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There is nothing to set this work apart from any number of mediocre Allen films.

September 21, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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"Anything Else" represents low ebb for the comic filmmaker famous for transmuting the work of Ingmar Bergman into New York centric comedies full of neurosis based humor.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Woody Allen tries to extend the shelf-life of his screen persona by hiring a younger, more marketable actor

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

(...) Valía la pena seguir esperando la siguiente película de Allen; después de Anything Else no estoy tan seguro de ello.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The trouble is, Biggs is not nearly as good at this kind of role as Allen. For that matter, Allen is not very convincing as a gun-toting survivalist, either.

January 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The script is quite entertaining as it plays with the idea of writing and artistic creation. But the plot itself is mildly annoying and seriously dull.

January 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Seria ótimo se Allen passasse a dedicar mais tempo ao desenvolvimento de suas idéias. É melhor ver um bom filme a cada dois ou três anos do que sofrer uma decepção todo ano.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A return to form for Woody Allen.

January 5, 2004 Full Review

[O]ne can't imagine someone encountering this as their first Woody Allen film and understanding why many... think he's one of the great comedy filmmakers of all time.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

Is it the most irritating movie of the year? Heck, yes.

November 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Part of the appeal is that the creep-out factor has been excised -- namely, Allen's tendency to cast himself as elderly nebbishes who prove to be irresistible to young women.

November 10, 2003
Creative Loafing

Filled with the sort of sharp, dirty laughs and biting observations on life, love and sex for which the director, in his youth, was once fearlessly known.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Unlike the wan doodles Woody's been cranking out for the past few years, this dark, often hilarious cacophony boasts a mile-wide ugly streak I found immensely satisfying.

October 8, 2003
Philadelphia Weekly

The whole movie feels like a warm-up, a dusting off of cobwebs, like Woody Allen has just woken from a long nap and is finally ready to get back to work.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: KFOR Channel 4 News
KFOR Channel 4 News

Displaying what is both good and bad about Allen, Anything Else has enough laugh out loud moments to make it worthwhile.

October 5, 2003
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Largely joyless in it's apathetic birds-eye view of shotgun romance.

October 3, 2003 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Far more vital than Allen's last few pictures, Anything Else should serve as lifesaving tourniquet; It's no cure for wounded fans but it'll stop the bleeding.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Ricci is perfectly cast, and seems to relish her character's blend of cruelty and cluelessness.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Anything Else dangerously embraces the vibes of mediocrity and that's a crying shame for an artist so capably adventurous as Allen once was in his heyday of potent hilarity.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
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Audience Reviews for Anything Else

This wasn't very good. The story was bleah and the actors didn't seem to put out performances at all. I didn't care what happened to any of these people halfway through.
January 7, 2008
superclerk25

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I dislike movies about seasoned pros imparting advice to wide-eyed proteges. In terms of Woody's oeuvre, there was too much didacticism and not enough heart...
December 31, 2007
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

it was kind of eerie to see american pie jason biggs emulate woody allen so accurately. christina ricci was uneven but she's completely gorgeous and i can understand why jason biggs is obsessed with her. evokes classic woody allen humor and falters at times but generally it's all good fun. i wouldn't consider it one of the better woody allen films but this is a movie where woody is thoroughly comfortable with his style and i think, in the later years, creates some variations. i want to hurt people who are all annie hall BLAH BLAH this and that. allen's not going to make another annie hall, but his style has always be the same. get over yourselves! all allen films are inherently the same and different.
July 16, 2007
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

For the first time in my life I had to just stop watching a movie due to boredom and shotty diologue.
March 20, 2006
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