Zelig Reviews

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June 5, 2019
Almost pure Allen id, an exploration of his own eagerness to be liked.
June 3, 2019
If the sum of Allen's career can be seen as a series of destinations on a road to self-discovery, then this strange, off-the-cuff "mockumentary" provides the most unlikely roadmap.
March 4, 2019
Zelig is certain to rank among the most talked-about movies of this or any season. It is the most innovative film yet from the fertile imagination of Woody Allen, who proves that despite a few misses along with hits, he is never dull.
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.
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.
December 16, 2011
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
October 22, 2008
September 8, 2007
Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) perfected the fake documentary a year before This Is Spinal Tap.
May 7, 2007
December 8, 2006
Hilarious Woody Allen vehicle, a mockumentary with special effects ahead of its time.
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.
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.
July 31, 2004
Brilliant early film of the woodman shows his creative genius as a filmmaker.
March 12, 2004
February 24, 2004
Mildly amusing one-joke move.
July 25, 2003
...a fairly entertaining little movie...for a while, anyway.
May 20, 2003
Zelig is small but it's one of those Allen comedies by which all his other films will be compared.
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