Take the Money and Run Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run has some very funny moments, and you'll laugh a lot, but in the last analysis it isn't a very funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A few good laughs in an 85-minute film do not a comedy make.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
May 10, 2013
A work of despairing acuity dressed up as a skittering gagfest.
Cole Smithey
October 17, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
The plot is just a thin excuse on which to hang Allen's nonstop visual and verbal antics.
| Original Score: 7/10
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
June 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
November 3, 2007
Sight gags and one-liners abound in this funny Woody Allen comedy, one of his earliest.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
February 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 12, 2002
Not really good, but interesting early Allen.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
August 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Allen has made a movie that is, in effect, a feature-length, two-reel comedy -- something very special and eccentric and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
May 8, 2011
This good natured, episodic spoof of gangster movies was Woody Allen's first film as a director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2013
Whatever its genesis, Allen's scraggly rhetoric evolved into the dominant comic style of the 70s.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 10, 2013
Rosenblum even suggested the use of New Orleans jazz on the soundtrack, which became a staple of future Allen projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It has plenty of hilarious jokes and concepts, like the ventriloquists' dummies at prison visiting time, and the return home from a chaingang break with five shackled cons in tow.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 10, 2013
Woody Allen's first directorial achievement is a frequently hilarious, sometimes misfiring satire of crime movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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