You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger


You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

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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

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Antonio Banderas
as Greg Clemente
Lucy Punch
as Charmaine
Ewen Bremner
as Henry Strangler
Jim Piddock
as Peter Wicklow
Celia Imrie
as Enid Wicklow
Alex MacQueen
as Malcolm Dodds
Rupert Frazer
as Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison
as Personal Trainer
Eleanor Gecks
as Rollerblading Friend
Christian McKay
as Poker Friend
Philip Glenister
as Poker Friend
Jonathan Ryland
as Poker Friend
Pearce Quigley
as Poker Friend
Shaheen Khan
as Dia's Aunt
Lynda Baron
as Alfie's Date
Robert Portal
as Jewelry Shop Salesman
Christopher Fulford
as Ray's Friend
Johnny Harris
as Ray's Friend
Anupam Kher
as Dia's Father
Meera Syal
as Dia's Mother
Geoffrey Hutchings
as Alan's Father
Joanna David
as Alan's Mother
Ellyn Long
as Alan's Sister
Zak Orth
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

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  • Elaborately plotted, perfunctorily directed, unevenly acted and short on verbal wit.

    Mar 22, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • It's interesting and worthwhile, with creative vitamins that are absent in so much of what fills the cinemas.

    Mar 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The talented cast fails to gel into a dynamic ensemble: You just see actors going through familiar paces.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • Woody Allen cranks out another formulaic interweave of romantic crushes, with old jazz on the soundtrack to supply some artificial gaiety.

    Dec 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 15, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Allen could have come up with something a lot more interesting to say than that illusion is always better than reality; and so this is only a very soulless tale of sound and fury that signifies nothing and never knows if it wants to be 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

Woody Allen movies are very hit and miss with me. I haven't really seen much of his older stuff, but I've seen a lot of his new stuff. "Match Point" and "Vicky Christina Barcelona" are both fantastic movies. But neither "Anything Else" or "Whatever Works" did anything for me. So I watched this hoping it would be good as it has a great cast. Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, among others sound like a true all star roster of talent. But, this movie is downright horrible. I lost interest after about 15 minutes, and didn't make it through to the end. The story is weak, it has a needless narrator, and the acting is horrible. My biggest complaint is that the actors appear to be reading their dialogue instead of acting it out. It's almost like it is a bad play. I'll probably continue to watch future Woody Allen movies, but if they continue to be this bad, I'll give up on him completely. Just skip this crap and rent "Match Point" instead.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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