Analyze This (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Analyze This (1999)



Critic Consensus: Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal.

Movie Info

Paul Vitti is one of New York's most powerful gangsters. He's grown up in the Mob life and has been well prepared for his future responsibilities by Manetta, his mentor and surrogate father (since his own father was gunned down years before). But when it becomes time for Paul Vitti to assume his role as the leader of his crime family, he suddenly starts having trouble breathing. He can't sleep; he's distant and preoccupied around his wife and kids; his mistress wants to know why his interest in romance has flagged; and his loyal henchmen wonder at his suddenly anxious demeanor. If the other crime families find out that Paul Vitti is having panic attacks, then how can he run his business? He's supposed to inspire panic, not experience it. Ben Sobol is a divorced suburban New York psychiatrist with a young son and a fiancee he's about to marry. He's a nice guy and a loving dad who's plagued by his relationship with his own father, a highly successful, media-seeking, pretentious Upper East Side therapist. Ben doesn't want to be anything like either of his self-absorbed parents - even if shunning the spotlight means enduring a patient list full of dull, boringly neurotic complainers without a serious challenge among them.more
Rating: R (for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Lonergan, Phoef Sutton, Harold Ramis, Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Billy Crystal
as Dr. Ben Sobel
Robert De Niro
as Paul Vitti
Lisa Kudrow
as Laura MacNamara
Chazz Palminteri
as Primo Sindone
Bill Macy
as Isaac Sobel
Leo Rossi
as Carlo Mangano
Kyle Sabihy
as Michael Sobel
Rebecca Schull
as Dorothy Sobel
Molly Shannon
as Caroline
Max Casella
as Nicky Shivers
Pat Cooper
as Salvatore Masiello
Elizabeth Bracco
as Marie Vitti
Joe Rigano
as Manetta
Kyle Sahiby
as Michael Sobel
Kresimir Novakovic
as '50s Gangster
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as FBI Agent Steadman
Michael Harkins
as Paretti's Family
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Critic Reviews for Analyze This

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (24)

[De Niro and Crystal] would seem to be perfectly cast as this oddest of odd couples, but something has gone wrong with the comic chemistry.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

The comedy is heavy and the use of the stars lazy and cliched...

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What De Niro ends up doing is simply burlesquing himself, much as he would do if he were guest-hosting Saturday Night Live.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

What we learn -- yet again -- is that potentially terrific comedies are often whacked by filmmakers who feel the need to spread a little therapy themselves.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Moments and lines are so perfect that they linger in the mind.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Thanks to three very strong writers...and the willpower of its leads, Analyze This turns out to be an amusing piffle. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 28, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Analyze This


Billy Crystal and Rober DeNiro shine in this great comedy.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

In January of 1999, The Sopranos made its TV debut, and it was a revelation to see a show that not only featured a mafia figure undergoing psychiatric therapy, but took it seriously. Then, just two months later, Harold Ramis directed this comedy that took that same concept, but turned it into a smart, and sharp witty comedy.

On the verge of a major mafia summit, kingpin Paul Vitti finds himself suffering panic attacks and going through a serious meltdown...all on the verge of a major meeting of the country's crime bosses. Desperate for help, he gets his main man Jelly to help him out. Coincidentally, Jelly had a run in with Dr. Ben Sobel, a psychiatrist whose practice isn't really going anywhere, who also happens to have his mind on his impending marriage.

Well, whether Sobel likes it or not, Vitti seeks him out, and, impressed, basically forces Sobel to take him on as his primary client. Surprisingly, some progress is made, but of course, things don't go all that smoothly, and the results are hilarious.

Okay, so the film isn't a masterpiece of comedy, but the writing is sharp enough, the concept is fun, if not all that original, and yeah, it is pretty funny. I think what makes the film work the most are the performances. De Niro has type casted himself in comedic roles for continually recycling the schtick of poking fun at his tough guy persona (like he does here), but what really sells it is that he plays the role straight, and his reactions to all the absurd farce are where the laughs come from, instead of being painfully forced. Crystal is wonderful, as has great chemistry with all the tough guy actors, and it's fun to see him gets stuck in all these nutty situations.

Some of the jokes are well played, despite being obvious, but hey, the film does deal with the material a lot more intelligently than the majority of the National Lampoon's output or those countless spoof movies like Epic Movie.

All in all, this makes for a pretty enjoyable movie. It's funny, has a great concept, decent execution, and features fun performances from a solid cast. Give this one a go.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Crystal and De Niro make a very funny duo and become an unique satira of Mafia films.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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