• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Woody Allen
    In Theaters:
    Oct 13, 1989 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 5, 2001
  • Orion Pictures Corporation


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Crimes and Misdemeanors Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Nervy and unnerving...arguably the purest expression of Allen's cinematic vision. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

February 19, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A truly brilliant study of murder and its psychological effects on the people that dare commit it.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

September 23, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Using the paper-thin lead characters as symbols to show how blind people are about themselves and their relationships has little gravitas, but the comedy is stinging.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

March 29, 2010


The result is a frighteningly intelligent, and often hilariously funny whole.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 12, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The overall 'philosophical' thrust -- that good guys finish last and that crime does pay -- is designed to make the audience feel very wise, but none of the characters or ideas is allowed to develop beyond its cardboard profile.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 12, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Allen's expertise is evident everywhere.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 12, 2008
Variety Staff
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The structural and stylistic conceit is that when Landau is onscreen, the film is dead serious, even solemn, while Allen's own appearance onscreen signals hilarious satire and priceless one-liners.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 12, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Dramatically, the film seldom fulfils its promise, and its pessimistic 'moral' -- that good and evil do not always meet with their just deserts -- looks contrived and hollow. Intriguing and patchily effective, nevertheless.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um discurso filosófico-religioso sobre moralidade e culpa que, por incrível que pareça, não apenas comove como também nos faz rir de maneira surpreendente.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 7, 2006
Alan Dale

Allen starts with a sketchy premise and after working it through for 107 minutes he still has no more than the premise he started with.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

January 17, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Intelligent, insightful and funny. One of Woody Allen's best films.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2005
Emanuel Levy

This examination of the nature of evil interweaves masterfully comedy and melodrama in equal proportion. Instead of taking a casually brutal approach, Allen dwells on the consequences of sin.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 18, 2005
Steve Crum

Near top of line Woody Allen with Alda, Landau, Huston shining.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 8, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...this dark meditation on justice and the lack of it may be his best film.

Full Review | Original Score: A

March 28, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

one of Allen's best, a must-see!

| Original Score: 5/5

September 19, 2004
Christopher Null

Allen's neurotic outlook on life has never been presented with more clarity.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

March 7, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If Crimes and Misdemeanors isn't Woody Allen's best blending of drama and comedy, it's most certainly in the running.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

August 21, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The movie's secret strength -- its structure, really -- comes from the truth of the dozens and dozens of particular details through which it arrives at its own very hesitant, not especially comforting, very moving generality.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Woody was still in that magical time where he couldn't fail.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Troubling and thought-provoking and somewhat depressing.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 6/10

March 16, 2003
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