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Zelig Reviews

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May 1, 2017
A sublime comic parable about the quest for identity.
August 7, 2016
Gordon Willis' work on this picture is astounding, as he and writer-director-star Woody Allen work in tandem to create a brilliant faux-documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2011
A masterpiece: a brilliant, even passionate historical pastiche, a superbly pregnant meditation on American society and individuality, and an eerie fantasy that will live in your dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 7, 2010
Lampooning documentary tradition by structuring the entire film as a meticulously crafted bogus docu, Woody Allen tackles some serious stuff en route
September 8, 2007
Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) perfected the fake documentary a year before This Is Spinal Tap.
December 8, 2006
Hilarious Woody Allen vehicle, a mockumentary with special effects ahead of its time.
| Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
The comedy tends to the smirk-inducing rather than the laugh-out-loud, and the second half wanders somewhat, but Zelig is a strong contender for Allen's most fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2006
Allen is one of the most recognizable, and least protean, performers.... [P]erhaps ... someone else as Zelig ... could have got the idea across without the blandly explicit dialogue and brought more dimensions to the role, besides.
July 2, 2005
Woody Allen's comedy about a self-effacing man, who swiftly changes identities is original, clever, droll, and extremely well shot by ace lenser Gordon Willis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 31, 2004
Brilliant early film of the woodman shows his creative genius as a filmmaker.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2004
Mildly amusing one-joke move.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 25, 2003
...a fairly entertaining little movie...for a while, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 20, 2003
Zelig is small but it's one of those Allen comedies by which all his other films will be compared.
December 1, 2002
Clever, but a 20 minute idea stretched to feature length.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2001
Absurd and fascinating at the same time.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
December 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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