Allen v. Farrow: Miniseries (2021)


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Allen v. Farrow

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Allen v. Farrow unearths new evidence in a well-known case to craft a compelling - if one-sided - indictment of society's complicity in upholding powerful people over seeking justice for those they've wronged.

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Critic Ratings: 51

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Air date: Feb 21, 2021

One of Hollywood's most notorious and public scandals is the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow. This four-part documentary series chronicles the couple's custody trial, Allen's relationship with Farrow's daughter Soon-Yi, and the controversial aftermath.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2021

The close-knit relationship of Farrow and Allen is torn apart by a revelation about Woody's relationship with Soon-YI.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2021

Mia tries to shield 7-year-old Dylan from the trauma of repeated questioning, while Allen's legal and PR teams drive a narrative that Mia is a scorned woman and unfit mother who brainwashed her children. Two separate 1992 investigations in New York and Connecticut are reexamined in light of never-before-made-public court documents, police evidence and revelatory videotape.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2021

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HBO Documentary Film's ALLEN v. FARROW, from award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, is a four-part documentary series that goes behind decades of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood's most notorious and public scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow; their subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Allen's relationship with Farrow's daughter, Soon-Yi; and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed. Once celebrated for their on and off-screen partnership, Farrow and Allen's lives were irrevocably fractured and their sprawling family torn apart with the public disclosure of the abuse allegations and the vitriolic disputes that followed.

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Critic Reviews for Allen v. Farrow Miniseries

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (28)

The flaws in Allen v. Farrow arguably stem from its determination to settle things once and for all, and the uneven weighting of events and subjects it offers in the process.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a reclamation of the stories from Mia and Dylan, an examination of the court cases against Allen, and a reckoning with the gendered biases of the judiciary and media.

Feb 22, 2021 | Full Review…

Allen v. Farrow offers the most sympathetic and complete telling of Dylan Farrow's story... But in telling a story drawn so much from one side of such a tangled and contentious family issue, questions will remain about what may be left out.

Feb 22, 2021 | Full Review…

What strikes you throughout is that someone is lying, and "Allen v. Farrow" never wavers in building its case about who it is.

Feb 20, 2021 | Full Review…

I'm really glad I saw it. It lets Dylan, now 35, married and a mother, finally tell her own story at length. And it starkly reminds us of the serious strains of denial and hypocrisy in our culture regarding sexual abuse and incest.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Another major addition to the slowly evolving public conscience about the honest behaviors of our celebrated creators.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

The poorly constructed faux-documentary plays out in frantic, repetitive, gossip-laden levels of distortions and half-truths.

Mar 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Allen v. Farrow is a shameful, vindictive, McCarthyite attack.

Mar 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Ultimately, I think this is the tale of an odd relationship and a dysfunctional family in many ways and there are things behind the curtain that we don't know and probably never will.

Mar 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Dick and Ziering force their audience to confront the spin that's been applied to this case over the decades, revealing a deep obfuscation of truth.

Mar 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Vivid enough to have movie audiences debate and argue, some siding with Woody, others with Mia.

Feb 23, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

What "Allen v. Farrow" does most effectively is illustrate how what happened - or didn't happen - can make us examine our own preconceived notions.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Allen v. Farrow: Miniseries

  • 9h ago
    This is a hit job, one-sided "documentary" GMAB
  • 15h ago
    Meticulous and fascinating. The number of people who still side with Allen, assuming they did really watch this series, supports a premise of the series which is the power of money and celebrity to warp the justice system. The only evidence supporting Allen's story is the conclusion of one Yale doctor who appears to have obvious bias and destroyed crucial evidence. On Mia's side that Allen molested his own daughter: their friends, babysitters, a notable and honored New York child investigator (who was fired for not changing his conclusion and rehired after he won a suit), and, most damning, the exhaustive decision of the custody judge after a months long trial--the most detailed fact finding event in the controversy--which tore Woody a new one. Finally, his affair with his step daughter is enough alone to remove any benefit of the doubt from Allen. Not to mention the scorched earth, Weinstein-like harassing Allen's attorneys engaged in (private investigators) which found nothing. A rational person can still like Allen's movies (I admit I found the old man/young girl themes creepy before this abuse came to light), but not Allen after this watching this.
  • 1d ago
    This documentary is so one-sided, that it can hardly justify it being labeled as a documentary. The show tries to pass itself off as being fair and balanced by including recorded excerpts of Woody Allen's audiobook, but the truth is, no objective viewer can ever fairly conclude whether Woody Allen is in fact, guilty of all the horrific crimes that the show accuses him of, or whether Mia Farrow coached an impressionable young child to lie about fictitious sexual assault and other alleged traumatic experiences, in order to enact vengeance upon a man who seduced and married her other adopted daughter. Documentary? No. Propaganda? Far more likely in the absence of the counter narrative.
  • 1d ago
    This should not be called a documentary.
  • 2d ago
    While there are little things omitted re: Mia's unstable behavior at the time (i.e. the infamous valentine's card), one critic said it best: Mia doesn't have to be perfect for him to be GUILTY. This series have proof that discredits Allen's claims about Dylan being "coached"-- I don't know how anyone can watch this and still think Woody Allen isn't guilty AF. Though we always knew he f*cked Mia Farrow's daughter, you see the extent to which he was around in this series-- and it just makes it all the more gross. Whether or not people want to continue watching his films is up to them, but Woody Allen is a scumbag.
  • 2d ago
    I never usually write reviews, but after watching the first two episodes in the series, it it pretty clear that all of the cries about one-sidedness are really saying that survivors' stories shouldn't be heard, unless their abusers get equal air-time. That logic presumes that there is equal power held by both parties to begin with, when in many cases there is a power imbalance that precipitates or exacerbates the abuse. And it's not as though Woody Allen doesn't have access to the media to publicly share his side of the story. He has publicly spoken about his side on multiple occasions. He chose not to offer comment for this series. In other words he had the power to have his voice heard, in this specific instance chose not to engage —- and now is crying foul. So yes, the series focuses on the Farrows and their friends as the primary interviewees, but they also include court testimony, earlier interviews with Allen and pull in voice-overs from his 2020 memoir that offers his thoughts on different parts of the timeline and people involved. (Which frankly doesn't help him) Dylan and Mia come off as very credible sources who have endured physical and psychological abuse. Dylan's account is very clear, and heartbreaking, and very typical of sexual assault — family or close friends are often the abusers of children. And Mia was clearly emotionally manipulated by Allen. He gaslights her, he threatens her, he thinks he holds all the power and can do whatever he wants. It's narcissistic abuse. He starts a sexual relationship with her adopted daughter after acting as a father figure for over 10 years. That in and of itself is disturbing. And his take on it is "the heart wants what it wants." That's textbook narcissistic manipulation and abuse, no matter what they do — narcissists twist reality so that they're right — everyone else is wrong. So if there "one-sidedness" it is that of survivors taking back their power, and not living in fear of putting everything on the table.
  • 2d ago
    An embarrassingly awful, transparently one-sided mockumentary, packed with schlock, "ominous" music, bad acting, and gimmickry. This should actually help Mr. Allen and his family.
  • 2d ago
    Fascinating and disturbing. Must watch. Brave of all the participants and especially the directors/producers to create this incredible documentary.
  • 3d ago
    Very important documentary to see for everyone who use to love Woody Allen just like me once. There are so many other topics you can also discuss like dysfunctional families, white saviour child adoption, entertainment families, but really for me the main thing is that Mia eventually saw what was happening with her children and she stood up against one of the biggest names in the industry. She is a very brave mother and that deserves respect. I am happy that Dylan and Mia got the chance to tell their part of the story. It is also a big question, how many of these sick men still out there and never been charged? We need to talk about the problem and hunt down the ones responsible.
  • 3d ago
    What was it, two major investigations which led to no criminal action against Woody Allen! Now we have trial by TV mini-series! Unbelievable and outrageous!

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