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Scoop (2006)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 84

Rehashing old plot lines and characters, Scoop is a tiresome dipper and another disappointing addition to Woody Allen's repertoire.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 26

Rehashing old plot lines and characters, Scoop is a tiresome dipper and another disappointing addition to Woody Allen's repertoire.



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The late U.K. journalist Joe Strombel is being mourned by his colleagues--even as, stuck in limbo, Joe remains committed to pursuing a hot tip on the identity of "the Tarot Card Killer" at large in London. But, how can his legwork get done now? Via the very much alive Sondra Pransky. Sondra is an American journalism student visiting friends in London. During a stage performance by another American, magician Sid Waterman, Sondra is shocked to find herself able to see and hear Joe. From beyond, he


Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Nov 21, 2006


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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (84) | DVD (8)

Nestled as it is amid the clamor of the late-summer blockbusters, it's the kind of small pleasure that can make you feel intensely grateful.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source:
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Woody -- enough with the one-liners.

August 9, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's full of funny lines and clever inventions.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The result is decidedly minor Woody, and unlike Match Point, far from essential.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Scoop. It's a tired, thin, almost laughless reminder of the earlier Allen.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Scoop is no more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.

July 28, 2006 | Comment (1)
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Another comic murder mystery from Woody Allen.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A genteel burp of a comedy

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The initial novelty of seeing and hearing Johansson put on an Allen avatar geek persona in her first scene can't carry the film.

August 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

Después de Match Point (su mejor película de los últimos años), Woody Allen regresa a un cine menor, olvidable, sin mayores pretenciones que divertir durante un rato.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Sempre há a possibilidade de que o próximo trabalho de Woody Allen seja um Match Point, um Desconstruindo Harry ou um Todos Dizem Eu Te Amo. O problema é que também há boas chances de que seja um novo Scoop.

March 13, 2007
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Alarmingly, some of Woody Allen's highly strung performance enhancing gestures rub off on Scarlett Johansson in this bizarre misfire from Allen, who hasn't even noticed that his plot doesn't hold water.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The plot fizzles even as the jokes sizzle.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Everything is a dreadful bore, a woeful misstep, or both.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

What was surprising, however, was how sloppily it had been put together and how many holes there were in the story.

November 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A ramshackle and laboriously whimsical comedic trifle that falls back on Woody Allen's increasingly tired penchant for nattering faux-realism.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine

Visiting London, American journalism student Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) gets the scoop on possible serial killer Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). Volunteering as the subject for second-rate magician Sid Waterman (Woody Allen), Sondra comes face to fac

September 6, 2006

Woody Allen's London-set comedy caper doesn't break any new ground, but he and Match Point muse Scarlett Johansson are good for some odd-couple laughs.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

Looks like writer/director Woody Allen is back to his old tricks again, with yet another mediocre comedic offering after he surprised everyone with a solid comeback.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Occasionally Allen hits the right notes, but his comedies have become increasingly erratic in recent years and 'Scoop' is no exception: It strains to charm.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

... more silly than funny.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It fails to evoke one laugh over the course of 90 minutes, revealing Woody Allen's sense of humor to be not merely ailing, but dead -- completely, utterly, forever dead.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)


August 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

Funnier, less offensive, and certainly better company than 'Harry or 'Aphrodite but Scoop still suffers from an overabundance of tired borscht-belt humor.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Scoop

Attempt by Woody to recapture the breezy newspaper comedies of the 40's. The film is okay as an homage but there is a fatal casting error at the heart of it that damages the picture. That would be Scarlett Johansson in the lead, trying to fill the kind of part that Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur and Carole Lombard pulled off effortlessly in their prime she is overly earnest and not adept at the sort of confident yet tentative mix of emotions the role requires. In short she's trying too hard in a part that the young Diane Keaton would have been perfect in. Woody does rework his standard nebbishy role to good effect though.
November 28, 2013
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Good lord...Woody Allen is so overrated. He even made Scarlett Johansson become a bad actress.
May 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

Mediocre movie.
February 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE Woody Allen. This is the eighth or ninth film I've seen from him. Everything from the fact that he has not directed a film without writing it as well (and vice versa) to his uniquely wry humor makes me always look for more of him. I've always thought every one of his films was a hoot. But, of course, every great filmmaker has to have at least one disappointment. For Spielberg, that was HOOK. For Soderbergh, that was OCEAN'S TWELVE. For Oliver Stone, that was W. And for Mr. Woody Allen, he fails in his classic triple-threat role (writer-actor-director) with SCOOP. It's the writing that fails SCOOP, for the most part. Sure, there's the shoddy lead performance by Johansson, but the writing makes us wonder if Woody was in a narcissistic state of mind when he wrote this script. His character is the only one that delivers jokes, and there's a quote within the first fifteen minutes to prove it. It feels bad enough to give Woody a bad grade on a humor test, when he is usually a near-perfect student. It feels even worse to talk badly about his writing.
March 31, 2012

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    1. Sid Waterman: Excitement in my life is dinner without heartburn afterwards.
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