Cassandra's Dream (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cassandra's Dream (2007)



Critic Consensus: Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson act up a storm in Cassandra's Dream, but Woody Allen's heavy-handed symbolism and foreshadowing drains the plot of all tension.

Movie Info

Two brothers with serious financial woes are approached by a third party to commit a crime, but things go bad and the brothers become enemies.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, some sexual material and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2008
Box Office: $0.9M
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


Hayley Atwell
as Angela Stark
Philip Davis
as Martin Burns
Paul Davis
as Poker Player
Peter Hugo
as Boat Owner
Peter-Hugo Daly
as Boat Owner
Keith Smee
as Terry's Track Mate
Michael Harm
as Estate Agent
Michael Harmon
as Estate Agent
Phyllis Roberts
as Burns' Mother
Tamzin Outhwaite
as Burns' Date
Cate Fowler
as Angela's Mother
David Horovitch
as Angela's Father
Matt Bardock
as Jaguar Owner
Jim Carter
as Garage Boss
Hugh Rathbone
as Poker Player No.1
Allan Ramsey
as Poker Player No.2
Matt Barlock
as Jaguar Owner
Paul Marc Davis
as Poker Player No.3
Terry Budin Jones
as Poker Player
Franck Viano
as Poker Player No.5
Tommy Mack
as Poker Player No.6
Milo Bodrozic
as Poker Player No.7
Richard Graham
as Detective No.1
Ross Boatman
as Detective No.2
Phil Davis
as Martin Burns
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Critic Reviews for Cassandra's Dream

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (38)

Farrell and McGregor bring much to their make Cassandra's Dream an effective and chilling ride.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's enough to make you pine for the good old days -- back when life was only partly ironic and Woody was totally funny.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

These characters not only don't talk like working-class Londoners, they don't talk like anyone.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Allen is notorious for not giving his actors explicit instructions, and yet somehow this worked wonders for Farrell, who has never seemed so naked, so clear and so unencumbered as he does here.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The problem is, you don't feel the human sweat and strain in Cassandra's Dream, despite game work from Farrell and McGregor. There are plenty of ideas and themes and no people of distinctive interest to enliven them.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Although McGregor and Farrell produce some occasionally spirited moments, particularly in the earlier scenes, they are little more than walking and talking schemes, their choices based entirely on socioeconomic impulses.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cassandra's Dream


If Woody Allen was trying to capture the magic of his dark crime drama Match Point once again, he sure didn't do it here. That's a shame too, because this had a lot of potential.

The film follows two cash strapped brothers played by Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell who agree to kill a business associate for their wealthy uncle played by the always reliable class act Tom Wilkinson. There's also love going on as well, with Hayley Atwell being the main attraction for McGregor. Though she got major exposure later in Captain America: The First Avenger, she proves quite appealing here, too.

The main plot wouldn't be so bad had this not been released around the same time as Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead- a much similar, but far superior crime thriller. Also, though the film skirts around it, it ultimately fails to live up to the hope of fully incorporating the ideas from the folklore figure Cassandra the ignored doomsayer.

The film is shot extremely well, looks gorgeous, and has some great music, and, while it is fun to see the two male leads interact, none of the performers really bring their A game, and that includes Allen. The lack of heart and soul to the proceedings is quite obvious, and ultimately this comes off as less of an earnest effort and more of just something Allen made just to fulfill his pattern of releasing at least one film a year.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I have never been a fan of Woody Allen films, but the last couple that I have seen have surprised me...I can actually say that I have liked them. Hmmmm. Go figure. I have noticed, however, that fans of Woody Allen films have not. Maybe this is a new era for him. Hope so...This movie has some great acting, especially from Colin Farrell, and a decent storyline. Reminds me of a Hitchcock type of film.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I don't remember anything about this movie and I watched it about a month ago so I guess that's all that needs saying about it.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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