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Crimes and Misdemeanors Reviews

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2016
Dark Woody Allen comedy-drama about adultery, murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 19, 2014
Nervy and unnerving...arguably the purest expression of Allen's cinematic vision. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 23, 2013
A truly brilliant study of murder and its psychological effects on the people that dare commit it.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 29, 2010
Using the paper-thin lead characters as symbols to show how blind people are about themselves and their relationships has little gravitas, but the comedy is stinging.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film4
February 12, 2008
The result is a frighteningly intelligent, and often hilariously funny whole.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 12, 2008
The overall 'philosophical' thrust -- that good guys finish last and that crime does pay -- is designed to make the audience feel very wise, but none of the characters or ideas is allowed to develop beyond its cardboard profile.

TV Guide
February 12, 2008
Allen's expertise is evident everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 12, 2008
The structural and stylistic conceit is that when Landau is onscreen, the film is dead serious, even solemn, while Allen's own appearance onscreen signals hilarious satire and priceless one-liners.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Dramatically, the film seldom fulfils its promise, and its pessimistic 'moral' -- that good and evil do not always meet with their just deserts -- looks contrived and hollow. Intriguing and patchily effective, nevertheless.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 7, 2006
Um discurso filosófico-religioso sobre moralidade e culpa que, por incrível que pareça, não apenas comove como também nos faz rir de maneira surpreendente.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
January 17, 2006
Allen starts with a sketchy premise and after working it through for 107 minutes he still has no more than the premise he started with.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
Intelligent, insightful and funny. One of Woody Allen's best films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 18, 2005
This examination of the nature of evil interweaves masterfully comedy and melodrama in equal proportion. Instead of taking a casually brutal approach, Allen dwells on the consequences of sin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
June 8, 2005
Near top of line Woody Allen with Alda, Landau, Huston shining.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 28, 2005
...this dark meditation on justice and the lack of it may be his best film.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
one of Allen's best, a must-see!
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 7, 2004
Allen's neurotic outlook on life has never been presented with more clarity.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2003
If Crimes and Misdemeanors isn't Woody Allen's best blending of drama and comedy, it's most certainly in the running.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie's secret strength -- its structure, really -- comes from the truth of the dozens and dozens of particular details through which it arrives at its own very hesitant, not especially comforting, very moving generality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
Woody was still in that magical time where he couldn't fail.
| Original Score: 4/5
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