Zelig Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 22, 2011
A masterpiece: a brilliant, even passionate historical pastiche, a superbly pregnant meditation on American society and individuality, and an eerie fantasy that will live in your dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 7, 2010
Lampooning documentary tradition by structuring the entire film as a meticulously crafted bogus docu, Woody Allen tackles some serious stuff en route
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 8, 2007
Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) perfected the fake documentary a year before This Is Spinal Tap.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
May 7, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
December 8, 2006
Hilarious Woody Allen vehicle, a mockumentary with special effects ahead of its time.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The comedy tends to the smirk-inducing rather than the laugh-out-loud, and the second half wanders somewhat, but Zelig is a strong contender for Allen's most fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
January 17, 2006
Allen is one of the most recognizable, and least protean, performers.... [P]erhaps ... someone else as Zelig ... could have got the idea across without the blandly explicit dialogue and brought more dimensions to the role, besides.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 2, 2005
Woody Allen's comedy about a self-effacing man, who swiftly changes identities is original, clever, droll, and extremely well shot by ace lenser Gordon Willis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
July 31, 2004
Brilliant early film of the woodman shows his creative genius as a filmmaker.
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 24, 2004
Mildly amusing one-joke move.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 25, 2003
...a fairly entertaining little movie...for a while, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
Clever, but a 20 minute idea stretched to feature length.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 5, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 14, 2001
Absurd and fascinating at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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