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Bananas Reviews

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 10, 2013
Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 2013
One of the early, funny films that a more mature Allen would dismiss later in his career, but nevertheless worth seeing again and again.

TV Guide
May 10, 2013
Although some of the humor falls flat in this early Allen comedy, his satire of revolutions and revolutionaries is perpetually topical; subsequent events in Central America have only enhanced the film's appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2010
It is a funny picture - not too consistently, and certainly not too coherently, but when it hits, it hits.
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
A study of the Cuban Revolution by way of Freedonia
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Variety Staff
September 4, 2008
Bananas is chockfull of sight gags, one-liners and swiftly executed unnecessary excursions into vulgarity whose humor for the most part can't make up for content.
Emanuel Levy
March 30, 2007
Inspired by the Marx Brothers comedies (specifically Duck Soup), Woody Allen made a leap forward as filmmaker in his second feature, a zany satire composed of riotous sketches and incoherent but funny one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 24, 2006
An attempt to capture the same zaniness the Marx Brothers had in Duck Soup.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Wonderfully incoherent.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
I still love Woody's masked parents.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
Yes, Allen has made better movies -- lots of them -- but I'm not sure he ever made anything funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A severely overrated Allen project. This campy string of unfunny gags does not hold up.
| Original Score: 0/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of Woody's earliest, silliest, and funniest flicks.
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
January 1, 2000
The format of interweaving what little storytelling there is along with stand-up routines is an unfulfilling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Bananas (1971) is the story of a New Yorker who becomes a South American rebel leader, to impress his political activist love interest Nancy (Louise Lasser).
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...inspired zaniness.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
Bananas is a contender for Woody's funniest film and it is definitely one that gets laughs the whole way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 19, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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