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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
March 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
The talented cast fails to gel into a dynamic ensemble: You just see actors going through familiar paces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2010
Woody Allen cranks out another formulaic interweave of romantic crushes, with old jazz on the soundtrack to supply some artificial gaiety.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: B+
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 8, 2010
Woody Allen may still be funny, but he's sure not much fun anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 8, 2010
It's a highbrow romantic farce, without the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 7, 2010
It's as if the dour Interiors had been reworked by a more forgiving, generous filmmaker who wants to move beyond stereotypes and discover what he calls the "beautiful and ironic" aspects of life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 7, 2010
At once a cynical examination of infidelity and a sweet love story that rewards good people, Stranger is thoroughly entertaining ... and Allen's best film since Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 7, 2010
[Allen's] latest has an empty, soulless feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 6, 2010
Subpar, shoulder-shrugging effort from Woody Allen. He wastes an intriguing cast on this slight tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 1, 2010
In the autumn of his career, toiling exclusively in Europe, Woody is like an aging cabinet maker still blessed with craft but grown erratic in design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2010
It's a meandering and rather aimless movie that would be considered trite if made by another filmmaker, and yet it has such a family resemblance to other, better Woody Allen movies that it's easy to stick with it and enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 30, 2010
Over-written and under-realized, it's Allen in desultory word-processor mode, barely able to muster even his usual amount of resigned cynicism about this crazy ol' life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 30, 2010
We never get a critical sense from Allen that this movie was worth making in the first place. It's a work of habit more than inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 30, 2010
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is every frame a Woody Allen film, but it isn't very much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 27, 2010
In his mid-70s and working mostly abroad, Allen has settled into a new groove. But it's not a deep or enlivening one. His despair has finally become weightless -- a reflexive shrug.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 24, 2010
Is genuine happiness possible, Allen wonders, and can it last? As Charmaine and Cristal suggest, enlightenment comes at a price. And all things considered, 12 bucks seems like a bargain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 23, 2010
It's terribly touching, as well as entertaining, to watch everyone's struggles, and instructive to discover that the screwiest people on screen are the only ones who find true happiness.
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September 23, 2010
The writer-director is in fine if unflashy form, putting a splendid cast through relationship hell in what turns out to be an oddly un-jokey comedy about marital meltdowns.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 23, 2010
Like the worst of late-period Allen, the film recycles character types from his previous work without inventing new reasons to summon them into existence.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 22, 2010
There are few surprises in a film that finds Woody the director (he does not act here) on the autopilot he has increasingly resorted to as he continues to crank out an average of a film a year, as he has over four decades.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 22, 2010
As always, Allen gets some great people to work with him, and gives them some wonderful moments to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 22, 2010
It won't be a very enchanted evening at You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 22, 2010
There are enough pleasantries and good jests in this new film to make a meal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 22, 2010
This is a very minor entry in the writer-director's prodigious canon, despite the major-league cast.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2010
This kinder, gentler Allen is still clever, still amusing, and the film itself is a confection tempting enough to consider a taste. Yet there is that empty-calorie letdown after it's over. Maybe it's time to book another trip to Spain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 22, 2010
For the most part, everyone struggles through, with at best mixed success. The audience included.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 22, 2010
This love letter to the Reaper and his unknowable timetable is a bracing addition to an erratic, yet indispensable oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 22, 2010
Allen refers to ''a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.'' That's a pretty high-toned way to limit his liability for the lackluster quality of this very slight entry in the canon...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
September 21, 2010
At almost 75 years old, Woody Allen still believes we need "the eggs"-the buzz of relationship however crazy or forbidden. So we do, but what a pity that lately, from him, they come parboiled.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 20, 2010
Much of the writing is good, and the acting is superb, but the constant wrangling wore me out at times.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
None of this breaks new ground, but as is often the case with Allen, the ridiculous absurdities of the characters undermine the habitual pessimistic pose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 26, 2010
To cheer for these rubes would be to cheer for the fool who runs onto the field at a sporting event.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 17, 2010
By now it's clear Woody Allen doesn't much believe in God, destiny or the notion that life has any larger meaning, a message he tubthumps to increasingly feeble and unpersuasive effect in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2010
The movie ends just when complications start to set in, which makes you wonder how invested Allen really is in the little melodramas within this comedy.