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Match Point Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 20, 2006
... a nifty little crowd pleaser ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 20, 2006
Match Point isn't one of his truly great films, like Annie Hall or Manhattan, but it's a very good one; a sign that a career that seemed stalled is purring along once more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 20, 2006
Match Point is airless, repetitive.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 20, 2006
Match Point has a coiled, taut energy that's unusual for Allen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 20, 2006
In every scene, Allen's direction is unflinchingly clear-eyed, and it's a pleasure being walked through London at the same unhurried pace that he's taken through Manhattan all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 20, 2006
Johansson finds her own speech rhythms in Allen's arch dialogue, and in the process, gives his film a quality that his recent work has often lacked, the recognizable flutter of a heart beat behind the fašade of the character.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 20, 2006
This is Woody beyond Woody, his best work in more than a decade and the antithesis of most fans' expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 20, 2006
Match Point, a film that makes us examine well-considered questions in new light, is what Woody Allen sees when he gets out of his comfort zone, we can only hope he sees the benefit of travel.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 20, 2006
The combination of alluring atmosphere and ambition makes Match Point one of Allen's most involving movies in years.
| Original Score: A-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 20, 2006
Woody Allen's Match Point is a too-rare thing: a fine film that waxes philosophical about morality, ambition and relationships.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 19, 2006
The arrival of Match Point is good luck for movie fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 19, 2006
It's a film worth seeing several times. If you're lucky enough to get the chance.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 19, 2006
Match Point is Woody Allen's best picture in more than a decade -- an excellent character piece/social study that evolves into a suspense thriller with an O. Henry twist.
| Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2006
Allen has finally emerged as something of a storyteller and a stylist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 13, 2006
Although the surroundings may be unfamiliar, make no mistake: We've been here before with Woody Allen.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 11, 2006
It has Woody's humor and subtlety; no British bluntness here. The acting is first-cabin all the way. And it's genuinely moving. Move it to the top of your must-see list.
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Time Out
January 7, 2006
There's a pleasing sense of social claustrophobia - but it's not enough to make Allen's film work.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2006
Philosophically and plotwise, it's right in line with some of his previous work. Yet Match Point breaks new ground in a handful of significant ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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January 6, 2006
This is a wonderfully provocative film with complex characters and breathless twists and turns.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 6, 2006
What begins as a directorial fresh start becomes a statement of misanthropy that isn't artistically insightful so much as it's resolute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 5, 2006
If ever there was a case to be made for an artist finding inspiration abroad, Allen's first foray out of New York makes a powerful argument.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
January 5, 2006
It's a pleasure to let the Allenisms wash over you, ever so slightly disguised in the form of a taut dramatic thriller but never diluted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 5, 2006
England clearly agrees with Allen, and in Match Point he has hit a top-spin winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 5, 2006
Match Point is his best film since 1992's Husbands and Wives.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2006
A story of lust, love and the lure of money, Match Point is so thoroughly compelling, and so deftly acted by all parties concerned, that it turns and churns deep in the gut.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2006
Deserves to be ranked with Allen's Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Everyone Says I Love You.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006
The film is good enough that you don't feel the need for a few laughs to leaven the grimness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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January 3, 2006
Match Point is a good movie -- a good, solid movie.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 3, 2006
[Allen's] new movie, Match Point, devoted to lust, adultery, and murder, is the most vigorous thing he's done in years.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 28, 2005
Crushingly humorless, Match Point also has a grade-school-simple Major Theme: At the outset, Chris's narration informs us that life is luck, and at any point we could win or lose. Whoa.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 28, 2005
A captivating story of class distinctions that evolves into a chilling psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 28, 2005
If Allen hasn't quite figured out the social landscape of England yet, he does know what he wants to talk about: Fate, or more commonly, Luck.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 28, 2005
Its many pleasures derive from the way this drama unfolds unexpectedly from the characters rather than imposing itself on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2005
Watching Match Point, you could almost conclude that Allen is shedding some of his more calcified habits, that he's molting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
December 28, 2005
In the final analysis of Allen's career, it may turn out that moral ambiguity, not comedy, was what he did best.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 27, 2005
[Allen's] most satisfying film in more than a decade ...
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 27, 2005
[The film is] suffused with a Fitzgeraldian glow of bittersweet romance and ruefulness among the elite.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 24, 2005
To call Match Point Woody Allen's comeback would be an understatement - it's the most vital return to form for any director since Robert Altman made The Player.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 22, 2005
... from the casting to the dialogue, "Match Point" just feels pickled in artificiality.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 19, 2005
Allen has crafted one of his strongest films in years.
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TIME Magazine
December 16, 2005
Allen's sharpest film in a decade (granted, a pretty weak decade) amasses all the fixings of a sexy thriller.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 15, 2005
Match Point is a perfectly presentable, entirely unremarkable domestic melodrama parked queasily between opera and realism, two irreconcilable forms if ever there were.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 6, 2005
For the first time in a long time, we understand why Allen is considered a master. If this is what filming in London does for him, maybe he should move there permanently.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 30, 2005
Allen evokes Dostoevsky and Dreiser, but don't expect justice from a shocker ending that manages to be devilishly clever and morally repugnant. It's been a long time since a Woody Allen film sparked juicy debate. Savor it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 23, 2005
Match Point is wittier and more coherent than anything [Woody Allen] has done in ages; it is well made and well thought out to its very last shot.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 18, 2005
In thematic terms, Match Point, whose tennis allusion reflects a preoccupation with the role of luck in life, comes closest to Crimes and Misdemeanors among Allen's films.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2005
Match Point is a story designed more to prove a philosophical point than to examine a social milieu or a particular cast of characters.