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Bananas Reviews

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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
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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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 21, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
A study of the Cuban Revolution by way of Freedonia
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of Woody's earliest, silliest, and funniest flicks.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Wonderfully incoherent.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...inspired zaniness.
| Original Score: 7/10
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
I still love Woody's masked parents.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 26, 2005
| 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
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).
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 20, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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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
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
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