You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's sporadically amusing, and typically well-cast, but You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger isn't one of Woody Allen's more inspired late-period efforts.

Movie Info

Two couples find their lives turned upside down by their unfulfilled longings in this ensemble comedy from director Woody Allen. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones) have been married for years. They have a grown-up daughter named Sally (Naomi Watts), who is married to a successful novelist named Roy (Josh Brolin), but finds the future of her marriage in jeopardy after falling for Greg (Antonio Banderas), the dapper owner of a prominent art gallery. Meanwhile, as Roy develops a … More

Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2011
Box Office: $3.2M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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as Charmaine

as Henry Strangler

as Peter Wicklow

as Enid Wicklow

as Malcolm Dodds

as Jogging Partner

as Personal Trainer

as Rollerblading Friend

as Poker Friend

as Poker Friend

as Poker Friend

as Poker Friend

as Alfie's Date

as Dia's Aunt

as Jewelry Shop Salesma...

as Ray's Friend

as Ray's Friend

as Dia's Father

as Dia's Mother

as Alan's Father

as Alan's Mother

as Alan's Sister

as Narrator

as Greg Clemente
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Critic Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (36)

There's plenty of ambiguous intellectual heft lurking behind the curtain of mediocrity - so it's a pity it feels like it was dashed off in a few hours one afternoon.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

I'm fighting the urge to just cut-and-paste from my older reviews of Allen's late-career output, as that seems to be how he writes his screenplays these days.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Woody at his weakest.

Full Review… | January 28, 2013
Movie Nation

It's one of Allen's lesser films yet, as is so often the case with his B-material, it still features terrific performances...and a cluster of truth-nailing scenes that are better than what you typically find in major releases.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is the amnesiac relative of Allen's body of work. It's wearing the fleshy mask of all that you love; but conducts itself with an abrasive and frightened detachment.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
2UE That Movie Show

Allen's mixed experiences with London stand in sharp contrast with his love affair with the French capital (the setting for last year's return to form, Midnight in Paris).

Full Review… | January 13, 2013

Audience Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Middling Woody, a cast of talented actors portray a bunch of not terribly interesting or for that matter likable people.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I'm not sure why this film doesn't get better ratings, but my hunch is that it's because, compared to other Woody Allen everyone's-lusting-after-everyone-else ensemble films, this one's rather humourless. I thought that Brolin and Watts played a good exasperated couple, and that Lucy Punch was incredible as the mother-in-law that pushes every button Brolin's character has. Plus, as usual for Allen, there's a fascination with death on display, and the psychics and seances lighten the rest of the story's mood, which is a sombre one given that it's basically about writer's block and the dissolution of what should be a promising marriage. I really got into the characters, though - despite how despicable the writer Brolin played was - and I thought the story was captivating, if a little twee as it approached the end. A good film, or maybe, as a writer myself, one I'd have liked no matter what. In any case, I guarantee that it's not as bad as you've heard.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

There is clearly no purpose in the existence of this film, and Allen should have come up with something much more relevant to say than that illusion is always better than reality. A soulless "tale of sound and fury that signifies nothing" and never knows whether to be a comedy, a romance or a drama.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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