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There are a lot of sluggish moments and comic digressions that aren't up to par. However, things do improve from the half-way point once some plot lines begin to congeal and the pace quickens...So, no, it's not the unwatchable dross so many have made out.
We'll likely never know because Woody Allen chose to create a mediocre show that suggests action to prevent social injustice is mostly a madcap folly.
If you thought Woody Allen would revolutionize television with his new Amazon series, Crisis in Six Scenes, prepare to be underwhelmed.
In an ugly, miserable relationship, the narrative requirements of TV hate him back by reducing his masterful skills of character, dialogue and pacing to staggering weaknesses.
There are at least two good ideas tucked away to the corners of this series, which more closely resembles a bloated, broken-up film.
There are moments of typical Allen comedy that land. However, these are concentrated mostly towards the end and are few and far between some of the more broad, gaudy schtick.
The first series from the famous New York filmmaker has his mark, but appears to have been directed by an imitator. [Full Review in Spanish]
The dialogue is stilted, the performances are awkward, and most scenes go on twice as long as they should.
Crisis pales in comparison to the smartly crafted cable and online comedies that are expanding the genre. There are much better options.
Allen is definitely not on autopilot here, as the return to very simple, stage-friendly material might suggest; he feels more animated and entertained by his work than he has in quite some time.
Audience Reviews for Crisis in Six Scenes: Miniseries
Oct 28, 2016Woody Allen's disastrous attempt to create a mini-series. It was not funny, not engaging, not anything. Very disappointing.Sylvester K Super Reviewer
Aug 03, 2019Not particularly good, but a very joyful, entertaining low commitment show that passes the time. Woody Allen, Miley Cyrus, a bunch of old ladies in a reading book club, 100 references to Chairman Mao, etc... This was entertaining, educational, light-hearted and simply very fun to watch.
Aug 09, 2018Allen gives himself an almost relentlessly self-deprecating character to stumble around in, and May is suitably irritated and overwhelmed by him in a miniseries that drags at times but never quite stops inhabiting a Woody Allen universe. Younger viewers may be put off by the quasi-screwball tone, let alone the comedic references (its worth Googling the actors people compare Woodys character toFranklin Pangborn!); but overall the series is amusing and Allenesque. Im not sure if critics are sneak-attacking Allens personal life through their reviews of his work, but, while this may not warrant your rapt attention, it certainly doesnt deserve the vitriol heaped upon it.
Feb 26, 2018#WoodyAllenRetro Podcast Project Woody Allen himself calling this a 'complete disaster' can usually be taken with a grain of salt as he is oddly extremely harsh on some of his most critically praised projects... but... this is honestly likely to be the dullest thing Woody has ever produced. Most of this is Woody complaining about getting someone out of his house for 5 episodes with otheraged Woody quips - while Cyrus is giving it her all but her character is nothing we have not seen before done to death in a plethora of anti-vietnam dramas / comedies - the cinematography does not at all in any way scream 1960s / 70s and the whole thing is just so terribly boring and dragged out that the only standout moments are a humours therapy session discussion a marriage prostitution arrangement and a cameo at the very very end by Michael Rapaport. Allen apologists have defended many things we like to side with them on but this feels extremely uninspired, its extremely slow for such a short experience and it honestly just feels like an overall afterthought of a screenplay - the really saddening thing is - the same year Woody seemed to have worked on the Care Society movie for Amazon as well and that narrative could have perfectly benefited to being a longer form television series... sadly Woody developed this dud. We were very surprised and disappointed how this turned out to say the VERY LEAST. We just cannot recommend this one at all - again, no fault of the actual cast - just a nothing burger of a script from head to forgettable toe
Sep 15, 2017If you like Woody Allen I don't understand why you wouldn't like this. Has a quirky funny story. I enjoyed it.
Jan 07, 2017I really enjoyed Crisis in 6 Scenes.
Dec 04, 2016Woody Allen's fans will consider it a treat. It's a surprisingly timely series with a finale worthy of the most iconic comedies of manners.
Nov 06, 2016I was excited to see a comedy written and produced by Woody Allen, unfortunately every scene that included Woody and his on screen wife who had just as poor acting skills, proved to be dull, drawn out and uninspiring. It has hints of being unscripted, but amidst the funny scenes such as the scene at the Barbers, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. There is so much talking between husband and wife that it puts you off the whole programme.
Oct 30, 2016I frikkin love it. Classic woody schtick. I dont know, do you have to be a neurotic jew to get woody's humor these days? Whats the matter with you people? Wake up and smell the dyfunction!