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½ April 1, 2018
Woody Allen in fine form.

New York, 1928. David Shayne is a playwright and his last two movies have bombed. He has a new play and wants to direct it himself. However, he is unable to find a financier for his play until Nick Valenti comes along. Slight problem - Valenti is a mobster, and he now insists that his talentless girlfriend, Olive Neal, get the lead role. Things are about to get very complicated.

Written and directed by Woody Allen and here he is in fine form (as he was throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s). Clever and very funny. Biting humour, smart plot and snappy dialogue.

Great performances. John Cusack is solid in the lead role but it is the supporting cast who shine. Dianne Wiest got a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her efforts. Chaz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly got Oscar nominations, for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
½ February 9, 2018
Even counting Woody Allen's movies with the word "Broadway" in it, this is not my favorite one! It's a nice comedy, made me chuckle... but never really laugh. By the way: "With an intellect that big, you tend to create your own moral universe." Yes, we sure notice that Woody.
December 24, 2017


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½ December 7, 2017
Woody Allen has truly proven a neurotic cast can create a great film without his onscreen persona.
September 19, 2017
Amusing but not great. Took a while to warm up to it.
September 4, 2017
I'm not a great fan of Woody Allen films. I find his films to be too dry and too wordy. But while this one was still typical of an Allen film it was still very funny and interesting, although it was a bit manic at times. still, a good film.
September 1, 2017
#1 with a Bullet for me.
July 23, 2017
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One of Woodys strong suits period pieces with hollywood flair - this is an overall enjoyable release with as always a great cast - Diane Weize is great.. DONT SPEAK (lol) the good of themes of the talent and talentless and how far are you willing to go for your art - good stuff, although not as consistent all the way through it's great fun overall with a solid and maybe a more upbeat ending for what woody would do today but again this feels like an easy crowd pleasing movie in our book
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2017
One of the top 5 of Allen's extensive repertoire, a gem that's sparkle leaves one feeling smarter and more erudite, rides the old show within a show conceit. And while loaded with excellent performances, Cusack, as Allen's surrogate, really shines simply for not aping Allen's shade as so many have done. Repeat viewings are definitely in order.
½ November 20, 2016
4 1/2 stars. One of Allen's most consistently funny films that I've seen so far. Dianne Weist and Jennifer Tilly are amazing in this.
October 7, 2016
A dazzling back-stage comedy with a moving moral message.
½ October 1, 2016
A great and funny homage to both theater and film, even if it might not've found the right resolution to cap off all the madness.
September 11, 2016
Not a whole lot to say about this one other than it's fun and it made me laugh. In terms of performances, some are great, others are too manic and shouty, but overall it's pretty enjoyable.
June 20, 2016
Bullets Over Broadway is a truly hysterical film from writer/director Woody Allen that features great turns from John Cusack, Chazz Palminteri, and Jennifer Tilly. With great production and costume design, Bullets Over Broadway is an elegantly crafted period comedy. Featuring Allen's typical smart, quick, and witty dialogue, Bullets Over Broadway manages to remain funny throughout its entire run time while also bolstering it with a smart plot. With a plot that mirrors the plot of the play in the film, Bullets Over Broadway offers interesting looks at love and how it is to be loved, as well as romance in general. Overall, Bullets Over Broadway is a great film from Woody Allen that is smart, funny, and entirely charming.
April 10, 2016
First Woody Allen movie watched.
Perfectly acceptable and easy watch with good tone and tempo.
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2015
Fucking loved that film!!!
September 3, 2015
Easily one of Woody Allen's best films, he captures zany caricatures of players, writers, and even gangsters in this 1920's satire when commercialism mixes with art. David Shayne won't have his new play changed in any way, but can only get it produced when a crime boss wants to please his woman. Chaos ensues. From the Sunset Boulevard like actress who wants a comeback, a compulsive stress eater actor, all of the personalities clash in hilarious ways. The movie is fast, funny, sometimes violent, but always a treat. Bullets Over Broadway is Allen at his prime.
August 23, 2015
One of the best movies I've ever seen. Chazz Palminteri is a revelation. Jennifer Tilly is hilarious. Dianne Wiest shines her brightest. One of Woody Allen's top 3 masterpieces.
June 26, 2015
"Bullets Over Broadway" is not as well plotted as some of Woody Allen's other movies, but it works well as both a gangster film, and a comedy about the unfortunate reality of show business.
½ May 24, 2015
Scripted and directed by Woody Allen, the masterpiece portrays a caricature of backstage of Broadway plays humorously and ironically. Every character is strong, vivid and lovely without falling into a stereotype probably because Woody Allen's artistic script/direction and outstanding performances of the actors. It is interesting that Woody Allen's own life must be projected on this movie starting with the line 'I am an artist' starting and ending up with 'I an not an artist' just like it is projected on his other works.
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