Scoop (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Scoop (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 gives her the scoop of a lifetime and urges her to pursue it. Sondra immediately starts chasing the big story, enlisting the aid of a reluctant Sid. That chase leads right to handsome British aristocrat Peter Lyman. Soon, Sondra finds that the romance of her life may well be the dangerous scoop she's looking for.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre: Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 21, 2006
Box Office: $10.5M
Focus Features - Official Site


Woody Allen
as Sid Waterman
Hugh Jackman
as Peter Lyman
Scarlett Johansson
as Sondra Pransky
Ian McShane
as Joe Strombel
Charles Dance
as Mr. Malcolm
Fenella Woolgar
as Jane Cook
Julian Glover
as Lord Lyman
Kevin McNally
as Mike Tinsley
Carolyn Backhouse
as Vivian's Mother
Sam Friend
as Vivian's Brother
Jim Dunk
as Funeral Speaker
Suzy Kewer
as Splendini's Assistan...
Jody Halse
as Stagehand
Matt Day
as Jerry Burke
Elizabeth Berrington
as Antique Shop Woman
Rupert Frazer
as Antique Shop Man
Tina Rath
as Wendy Beamish
Caroline Blakiston
as Mrs. Quincy
Richard Johnson
as Mr. Quincy
Moya Brady
as Screamer
Meg Wynn Owen
as Housekeeper
Anthony Head
as Detective
Robert Bathurst
as Strombel's Co-Worker...
Geoff Bell
as Strombel's Co-Worker...
Christopher Fulford
as Strombel's Co-Worker...
Nigel Lindsay
as Strombel's Co-Worker...
Doreen Mantle
as Joe's Co-Passenger N...
David Schneider
as Joe's Co-Passenger N...
Meera Syal
as Joe's Co-Passenger N...
Julia Deakin
as Sid's Co-Passenger N...
Margaret Tyzack
as Sid's Co-Passenger N...
Jeffrey Wickham
as Sid's Co-Passenger N...
Robyn Kerr
as Tinsley's Fan No. 1
Richard Stirling
as Tinsley's Fan No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Scoop

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (43)

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

Woody -- enough with the one-liners.

Full Review… | August 9, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Last year's Match Point marked a surprising return to vital filmmaking form for Woody Allen, but that movie had the distinct advantage of not being a comedy.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Scoop is reminiscent of several of Woody Allen's films, but in a strange way, it harks back to films that were neither great nor lousy -- and like those films, it is an enjoyable diversion.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Christianity Today

Another comic murder mystery from Woody Allen.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Common Sense Media

A genteel burp of a comedy

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Good lord...Woody Allen is so overrated. He even made Scarlett Johansson become a bad actress.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Mediocre movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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