You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's sporadically amusing, and typically well-cast, but You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger isn't one of Woody Allen's more inspired late-period efforts.

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Two couples find their lives turned upside down by their unfulfilled longings in this ensemble comedy from director Woody Allen. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones) have been married for years. They have a grown-up daughter named Sally (Naomi Watts), who is married to a successful novelist named Roy (Josh Brolin), but finds the future of her marriage in jeopardy after falling for Greg (Antonio Banderas), the dapper owner of a prominent art gallery. Meanwhile, as Roy develops a fixation on Dia (Freida Pinto), an exotic beauty he encounters on the street, Alfie ditches Helena for Charmaine (Lucy Punch), an impressionable young call girl. Now it seems that the harder everyone tries runs away from their problems, the faster their lives seem to fall apart. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for some language)
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Naomi Watts
as Sally
Antonio Banderas
as Greg Clemente
Ewen Bremner
as Henry Strangler
Anna Friel
as Iris
Jim Piddock
as Peter Wicklow
Gemma Jones
as Helena
Celia Imrie
as Enid Wicklow
Anupam Kher
as Dia's Father
Christopher Fulford
as Ray's Friend
Meera Syal
as Dia's Mother
Zak Orth
as Narrator
Johnny Harris
as Ray's Friend
Philip Glenister
as Poker Friend
Lucy Punch
as Charmaine
Pearce Quigley
as Poker Friend
Christian McKay
as Poker Friend
Rupert Frazer
as Jogging Partner
Shaheen Khan
as Dia's Aunt
Geoffrey Hutchings
as Alan's Father
Jonathan Ryland
as Poker Friend
Joanna David
as Alan's Mother
Lynda Baron
as Alfie's Date
Robert Portal
as Jewelry Shop Salesman
Alex MacQueen
as Malcolm Dodds
Kelly Harrison
as Personal Trainer
Eleanor Gecks
as Rollerblading Friend
Ellyn Long
as Alan's Sister
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Critic Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (36)

There's plenty of ambiguous intellectual heft lurking behind the curtain of mediocrity - so it's a pity it feels like it was dashed off in a few hours one afternoon.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
Time Out
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The talented cast fails to gel into a dynamic ensemble: You just see actors going through familiar paces.

Full Review… | January 30, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Woody Allen cranks out another formulaic interweave of romantic crushes, with old jazz on the soundtrack to supply some artificial gaiety.

Full Review… | December 13, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Classic Woody -- an ensemble cast of brilliant actors, a timeless story that could be set virtually anywhere and crisp writing and direction that neither lollygags or rushes.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Woody Allen may still be funny, but he's sure not much fun anymore.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

There is no reason for this film to exist, and Allen could have come up with something much more interesting to say than that illusion is always better than reality. A soulless tale of sound and fury that signifies nothing and never knows if it is a comedy, a romance or a drama.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Middling Woody, a cast of talented actors portray a bunch of not terribly interesting or for that matter likable people.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I'm not sure why this film doesn't get better ratings, but my hunch is that it's because, compared to other Woody Allen everyone's-lusting-after-everyone-else ensemble films, this one's rather humourless. I thought that Brolin and Watts played a good exasperated couple, and that Lucy Punch was incredible as the mother-in-law that pushes every button Brolin's character has. Plus, as usual for Allen, there's a fascination with death on display, and the psychics and seances lighten the rest of the story's mood, which is a sombre one given that it's basically about writer's block and the dissolution of what should be a promising marriage. I really got into the characters, though - despite how despicable the writer Brolin played was - and I thought the story was captivating, if a little twee as it approached the end. A good film, or maybe, as a writer myself, one I'd have liked no matter what. In any case, I guarantee that it's not as bad as you've heard.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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