The Front Reviews
However, the movie pulls its punches. For much of its duration, the movie is a comedy. The fact that Woody Allen stars in the lead role doesn't lend itself to the drama of the situation. A full-on drama was what was required.
The final scene should have been a powerful indictment of the oppressiveness of the system. Other than the final line, it is very mild and unfocused.
As mentioned, Woody Allen's presence doesn't help the drama. However, as far as comedic roles go, it was fine. Zero Mostel gives the stand-out performance - a mixture of pathos, comedy and helplessness that perfectly encapsulated the plight of the average TV/movie star.
Worth watching as an indication of how stupid politicians can be (though we are reminded on a daily basis).
"Fellas, I don't recognize the right of this committe to ask me these kinds of questions. And furthermore, you can all go fuck yourselves."-Howard Prince (Woody Allen)
I liked the subject matter and the fact that the writer, director and some of the actors were actually blacklisted.