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Anything Else Reviews

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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 16, 2003
None of this adds up to much of a movie; it's more like a filmed hodgepodge of not-fully- thought-out ideas and one-liners and small shards of jaundiced polemic.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 9, 2003
Curiously, Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci come out better than I imagined after being compelled to play out the movie's sadomasochistic tag line.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 27, 2003
I didn't laugh once.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 23, 2003
Who knows what sense an American Pie-digging, Woodman-ignorant undergrad might make of the canned rhythms, the trilobite-era one-liners, the awkward declarative dialogue, the Catskills-resort frames of reference, the freshman philosophy.
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Jean Oppenheimer
Hollywood Reporter
September 21, 2003
There is nothing to set this work apart from any number of mediocre Allen films.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 20, 2003
There's a lot of truth in the screenplay, and, combined with Ricci's top-notch, can't-take-your- eyes-off-her-when- she's-on-screen performance, this gives the movie a strong spine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 20, 2003
Anything Else isn't just the latest Woody Allen movie; it's also the smallest.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 20, 2003
At times it seems as if we're watching a high school production of Woody Allen.
| Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
The movie doesn't have the energy to be truly horrible. It's too muted and enervated. But it's a somewhat tedious thing to sit through.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
Two Woody Allens, two kvetching, whining, neurotic incompetents bungling their lives, being taken advantage of, furiously resenting the universe, which will not notice them until it decides to kill them . . . that's one too many Woody Allens.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 19, 2003
It's as locked in ritual as Monday nights at Michael's Pub, Central Park walks or afternoons at Village record stores.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 19, 2003
Half an hour into the movie, the title seems like a taunt. Is there anything else, Woody? Please?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2003
It has taken Allen over 30 years, but he has finally made a movie that's almost unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2003
This anxious comedy wobbles like a retread of Annie Hall.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2003
The movie rambles, sputters and repeats itself for 108 minutes before staggering to an unsatisfying conclusion.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 19, 2003
Joining the small list of male actors who have taken the lead in an Allen film ... Biggs also proves himself to be the least engaging, or interesting, of the lot, coming across much more like an innocent bystander than the centerpiece of an urban comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 19, 2003
Perhaps the worst of the 67-year-old auteur's 34 features.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 19, 2003
This relentlessly mediocre romantic comedy is basically a pretty arthritic third-generation Xerox of Annie Hall.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 19, 2003
A return to the Allen of old.
| Original Score: A
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 19, 2003
If nothing else, Anything Else is a helluva case study: Woody looks to have fired his shrink only to give the job to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 19, 2003
A low-key delight, a funny study in gullibility and dependence that wonders at the wimp in all of us.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 19, 2003
At a time when so many American movies keep dialogue at a minimum so they can play better overseas, what a delight to listen to smart people whose conversation is like a kind of comic music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 19, 2003
This movie is wretched, condescending, and sad, like watching an elderly man spend more than 100 minutes tapping his arm for the youth vein -- which he never finds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 18, 2003
This desperate, R-rated variation on Annie Hall brings to mind nothing so much as a train on a liberally greased track.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 18, 2003
It feels oddly long for a Woody Allen picture, but its relaxed, casual air gives the humor room to breathe, and a gratifyingly high proportion of the piled-up one-liners actually raise a laugh.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 18, 2003
Modestly conceived and affably low-key.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2003
The movie only comes alive as a hostile critique of psychoanalysis.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2003
Anything Else should return Woody Allen to moviegoers' good graces.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 18, 2003
Woody Allen's best movie in years.
| Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 18, 2003
Although Ricci holds up her side of the story, Biggs doesn't quite have the screen presence to pull off the other role.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 18, 2003
Want to see an actor do a bad Woody Allen impression? Cast him in the Woody Allen part in a Woody Allen-written movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2003
It's one of the best, most smoothly executed Woody Allen movies in recent years.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 18, 2003
Brutally overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2003
With every recycled piece of business -- which is to say, every scene in Anything Else -- the distance widens between Allen and the elusive audience he pessimistically chases.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 15, 2003
... beautiful piece of work.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 8, 2003
Because Allen hasn't lost his knack for slapstick with a sting, Anything Else hits its mark more often than not.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Stratton
Variety
August 28, 2003
The younger casting brings a freshness to the material and, with Allen as the weird mentor, there are plenty of laughs, even if the pacing's slow and the running time over-extended.