Scoop Reviews

Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 6, 2007
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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.
Top Critic

Ebert & Roeper
August 17, 2006
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 9, 2006
Woody -- enough with the one-liners.
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2006
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 28, 2006
It's full of funny lines and clever inventions.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 28, 2006
The result is decidedly minor Woody, and unlike Match Point, far from essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2006
Scoop. It's a tired, thin, almost laughless reminder of the earlier Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2006
Scoop is no more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
Scoop has something Match Point didn't, something that none of Allen's films have had to quite this degree in 10 years. It's really, really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 28, 2006
A bouncy comedy/mystery about a young would-be journalist (Scarlett Johansson) trying to solve a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 28, 2006
If only it were funny instead of just passably amusing, and if only Allen's movies hadn't declined to such a state of rote self-repetition that even passably amusing is tantamount to a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 28, 2006
Scoop is worthwhile viewing for Allen's quips. Just don't expect much of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 28, 2006
Modest and forgettable, it's Woody Lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 28, 2006
Scoop, a half-baked amalgam of Manhattan Murder Mystery and Curse of the Jade Scorpion -- sadly demonstrates that Allen has lost much of his comic timing both as a director and an actor.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 28, 2006
To see Allen, now 70, trying to reclaim the persona he's been handing off is like watching Willie Mays fall down trying to hit a curve ball during his last season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2006
Scoop feels like a tentative doodle in the general direction of Match Point, only chronologically reversed and more or less amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 28, 2006
Scoop, an amiable romp of lighthearted fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 28, 2006
The movie is watchable, there's the occasional good one-liner, but it's extremely slight, overly drawn out and never for a moment believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
July 28, 2006
Things don't really get ugly in Scoop, they just feel very familiar very quickly, which doesn't mean it's necessarily bad, just awfully lightweight and terribly unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 28, 2006
Scoop represents a significant step backward. The longer the movie goes on, the more we feel as if we're watching a balloon deflate.
| Original Score: C
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 28, 2006
A romp of a thing, Scoop won't be mistaken for splendid. Yet for diminutive pleasure, the murder- mystery comedy can rightly be called splendini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2006
One form of low-rent showbiz Allen depicts in Scoop is Fleet Street journalism, but it's depicted with none of the witty rancor or intelligence of Evelyn Waugh's 1937 Scoop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 28, 2006
It saddens me to report -- Scoop is distinctly minor Allen, with less weight to it than one of his old humor doodles in The New Yorker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 27, 2006
It's a pleasing blend of Abbott and Costello and Foul Play, tickling the audience in all the right spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 27, 2006
In his not especially funny yet oddly appealing new comedy, Woody Allen manages to act his age and prove theres life in those old jokes yet.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 27, 2006
Some may dismiss Scoop as 'minor Woody Allen' because it doesn't traffic in major psychological probes. But it makes you smile. And that's not such a minor accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 27, 2006
The collision of sleek melodrama and old Woody Allen stand-up routines is at times oddly effective and at other times just odd.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 27, 2006
Lack of novelty aside, Scoop is a carefully crafted combination of light suspense and frivolous comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
Scoop is the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made.
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 27, 2006
Too often the movie suffers from jokes that sound left over from Broadway Danny Rose, without the ironic sense of detachment.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 27, 2006
Cobbled together from memorable parts of Allen's own (not to mention Hitchcock's) classics, Scoop doesn't establish its own identity.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2006
Anyone who assumed Match Point heralded a return to form or a renaissance for one the great American filmmakers should be sorely disappointed by Scoop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2006
Scoop isn't going for complexity. It's a trifle. Like its rootless vaudevillian magician, however, it feels neither here nor there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 27, 2006
It's a disappointing backslide from the mini comeback of last year's Match Point.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 27, 2006
The direction is lazy and the script thoroughly witless, from its token Bergman references to dialogue that suggests a night in borscht-belt hell.
Top Critic
Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 27, 2006
Filmmaking for Allen appears to have settled into little more than personal habit, like shaving, dining or playing clarinet once a week with his jazz band. The result has for some time been a hit-and-miss process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 27, 2006
A blend of lackluster comedy and lazy plotting, the film feels a lot like bad Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 27, 2006
There's a taut thriller somewhere inside Scoop, and it tries gamely to get out whenever Johansson and Jackman end up alone onscreen with their generic, serviceable roles.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2006
A companion piece to Match Point that suffers all the more in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 26, 2006
Woody Allen is on a roll. Or maybe I should say he's on a crumpet. After the brilliant Hitchcockian thriller style of Match Point, he's now reverted back to his old wry, dry comedy style in Scoop.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 17, 2006
After Woody Allen had made one too many 'serious' films, his devoted fans longed for him to go back to being funny again. Things now have come full circle, for after Scoop, they're going to wish the Woodman would stick to serious drama from now on.
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 17, 2006
A minor but amusing Woody Allen enhanced by his newfound love for London life.