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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 70

Critics 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.

36%
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 23

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 18,591

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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
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (70) | DVD (7)

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

The talented cast fails to gel into a dynamic ensemble: You just see actors going through familiar paces.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Woody Allen cranks out another formulaic interweave of romantic crushes, with old jazz on the soundtrack to supply some artificial gaiety.

Full Review… | December 13, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Classic Woody -- an ensemble cast of brilliant actors, a timeless story that could be set virtually anywhere and crisp writing and direction that neither lollygags or rushes.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Woody Allen may still be funny, but he's sure not much fun anymore.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

Like a second hand clothes shop, it is comfortable rather than exciting, predictable rather than refreshing, even though it boasts a great cast who believe in their master, Woody Allen

Full Review… | January 12, 2013
Urban Cinefile

It may not be Allen's best work, but this flutter and change of hearts is easy to watch and enjoy as wishes and dreams play their tug of war

Full Review… | January 12, 2013
Urban Cinefile

The cast is the main draw here, but it's also the movie's biggest problem. Hopkins and Jones are excellent, and a greater focus on that couple might well have resulted in a much better film.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

How many times do you want to watch the same Woody Allen movie? What's your tolerance threshold for repeat visits back to his couch?

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Maybe the next one will be a return to form for the living legend, and hey, at the rate Allen is churning them out, one of them has to be good, right?

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Fan The Fire

Elaborately plotted, perfunctorily directed, unevenly acted and short on verbal wit.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Guardian

Another wretched Woody Allen release gives yet another round of Hollywood actors the chance to tick him off their legends-to-work-with lists without giving us much to enjoy in the process...

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

Allen has said he makes films as they offer him a distraction, and he has created just that: An enjoyable but instantly forgettable distraction.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Sun Online

This is no Manhattan or Annie Hall, and while it's true Woody Allen isn't as good as he used to be, neither is anyone else.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

The distinguished actors are as strong as you would expect, the narrative structure is well-crafted, and there's something curiously bracing about Allen's misanthropy.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Daily Mail [UK]

A narrator alerts us at the outset that this tale is (to quote Macbeth) "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". I suppose we should be thankful for the warning.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Independent

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger is a typically wry, rueful ensemble piece in which love makes fools of everyone.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Daily Express

It's interesting and worthwhile, with creative vitamins that are absent in so much of what fills the cinemas.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Guardian

Frothy but uninvolving. Again.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Little White Lies

It's hard to escape the feeling that Allen has told this story so many times before - and so much better.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Radio Times

When I saw the words "Tin Ear Production Company" in the end credits, I wasn't sure if it was a joke or a piece of authorial honesty.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Financial Times

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.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

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.

danperry17
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

½

It's nice to see a Woody Allen film shot in London, it's just a shame that it wasn't a very good film. I saw none of him in this film and I disliked the cast of actors that I generally and usually like. I do wish Allen would stop trying so hard to do European cinema, Vicky Cristina Barcelona was good but again, it felt like it was an imitation of modern Spanish cinema. I guess sometimes it work and sometimes it doesn't but I feel it is wearing a little thin (although Midnight in Paris sounds like a return to form). Quality not quantity please Mr. Allen, and without wanting to sound too harsh, we have a couple of directors by the names of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach who do these kinds of films of over here and they do them better. That was a bit harsh but I'm afraid I was bored to tears during this film and I want my money back!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Quotes


Alfie: The dead are the stiffest competition. No pun intended.
– Submitted by Gopal M (23 months ago)
Helena: The dead are the stiffest competition. No pun intended.
– Submitted by Gopal M (23 months ago)
Roy: You inspire me.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Sally: There is no such thing as predicting the future!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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