Match Point (2005)



Critic Consensus: Woody Allen's sharpest film in years, Match Point is a taut, philosophical thriller about class and infidelity.

Movie Info

A clandestine love affair sends one man's charmed life into a tailspin in this dark, disturbing drama written and directed by Woody Allen, his first film set and shot in Great Britain and one his few films sans any humor. Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is an Irish tennis player with an impoverished background. Just accomplished enough to make his way onto the professional circuit, but not skilled enough to be a consistent winner, he now works as an instructor at a London tennis club. The … More

Rating: R (for some sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Box Office: $23.1M
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as Mr. Townsend

as Simon Kunz

as Alan Sinclair

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as John the Chauffeur

as Rod Carver

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as Samantha

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Critic Reviews for Match Point

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (49)

But, perhaps, the greatest parallel between Woody's Match Point and Hitch is duality. It's a brilliant device.

Full Review… | September 14, 2013

This lean, mean, surprisingly sultry thriller about fate, luck, greed and guilt is Woody Allen's best since "Mighty Aphrodite." Plus, it boasts a vintage-Allen metaphor of a bobbling tennis ball that, in a great gotcha scene, becomes a damning motif.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

There's no ground here that Allen hasn't gone over before, but as a treatment of upper crust mores and, eventually, as a thriller, it's compulsively watchable and generally well acted.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Cinema Writer

Allen merely regurgitates his shrunken vision in veddy-British padding

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

A limp, dull, and contrived rehash of "Crimes and MisDemeanors"...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Just when you were about to give up on Woody Allen, he reinvents himself with a taut tour de force of a film that is unquestionably the best thing he's done in decades.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

Audience Reviews for Match Point


Fascinating take on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment where Woody Allen... who am I kidding... Scarlett Johansson. That is all.

Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

This film features what is probably my favourite Scarlett Johansson performance, darkly sexy, and the film takes full advantage of the emerging (at the time) actors in its cast, including Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer and Matthew Goode. In addition to its noirish plot, there's an engaging story about social class that bubbles to the surface, and the movie's tone is consistent, amping up the drama of each successive action. Many called Match Point a return to form for Allen, (after his moribund late-90s), and I have to say, I agree; the hunger with which this film was produced shines through, leaving a primal document, in the end, with a climax that's (overused word alert) riveting... actually riveting. It's a film unlike pretty much anything else Woody has done... so even if you're not a fan, you should probably see it.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

The opening sequence is probably one of the most philosophical ones director Woody Allen has created over the years. Its smart and stands apart from Allen's other films. For a different Woody Allen, congrats.

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paul oh

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