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Crimes and Misdemeanors Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 16, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie generates the best kind of suspense, because it's not about what will happen to people -- it's about what decisions they will reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is probably one of Allen's better 'serious' films.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 9, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Top Critic
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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 7, 2004
Allen's neurotic outlook on life has never been presented with more clarity.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Sharp and darkly amusing.
| Original Score: 84/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 8, 2001
A metaphysical comedy about how we conduct our lives in a time when many think the world is devoid of moral purpose.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 21, 2001
...tackles too many of life's mysteries and provides too few answers. But isn't that what life is all about: More questions than answers?
| Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
one of Allen's best, a must-see!
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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+
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