(518)6.61 h 36 min2006X-RayPG-13
HD. Woody Allen's hilarious murder mystery about a student reporter who tracks a notorious killer with help from a hack magician.
Woody Allen
Woody AllenHugh JackmanScarlett Johansson
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Ian McShane
Letty AronsonGareth Wiley
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Debra E. M.Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Beautiful cinematography and Scarlett Johansen is always interesting to watch, but the plot is scraps pieced together from other Woody Allen films. His stuttering silliness got on my nerves, and his and Scarlett's wardrobes seem to have been selected from a garage sale. Mismatched, wrinkled and ill-fitting. Which I probably wouldn't have noticed if there had been anything to distract me. Would give it 2 stars if I wasn't such a big fan of Woody Allen.
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DetectorReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
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one of woody's more anemic films. scarlett initially reminded me so much of my first love interest, she also of one jewish, one scandinavian parent, looked much like her when we were young. So, I was a fan. But truth dawned on me eventually, that Scarlett, unlike the first girlfriend I really fell for, is kinda wooden. I guess woody saw this as an endearing handicap fitting a would-be dental hygienist, indeed, his character alludes to her character in the movie as being handicapped, and we know he means not physically. The script itself is equally wooden, Woody's role leans heavily on repetitive patter. Yeah, it's a little funny that his magic tricks aren't magical, but barely. The movie is not totally devoid of charm, not annoying and tedious the way Magic in the Moonlight was. , Woody musta had someone helping him remember stuff when he was making Rainy Day in New York because it is a far better movie than these antecedents.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining mystery by Woody Allen
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Scarlett Johansson is a college journalism student who’s visited by the ghost of a reporter Ian McShane who tells her that a prominent British personality Hugh Jackman is a serial killer. She enlists magician Woody Allen to help her with the case. Johansson plays the determined but a bit naïve young woman. Allen is his usual neurotic, self-effacing self. He’s still got the jokes as well like when he’s playing poker and says he used his first poker winnings to buy a Reuben. A player asks if he was able to buy a Reuben painting to which Allen replies no a Reuben sandwich. Jackman is a charmer. It leads to an entertaining mystery.

Woody Allen’s recent output has been very up and down, but this was definitely one of the better ones.
K.F.Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable and mostly flat
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Can't help but think the writing was rushed. The movie would have been better without Woody Allen doing his neurotic shtick. It worked when he was younger and before his legal troubles. Who is going to complain about looking at Hugh Jackman and Scarlett S? He treated this movie on the surface, the jokes predictable, as was the ending. No surprises here.
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SolaPoweredReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ian McShane actually showed up for work BUT NOBODY ELSE DID
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Scarlett and Woody are reading dialog that is written in half-thoughts and interruptions, but their pauses, trail-offs, speed of speech don't match the pacing of the dialog. It's very painful to watch.

"I'm acting frantic right now" she stated, relaxing visibly as soon as her line was done.

Romola Garai, whoever that is, actually manages to deliver lines as if she's thinking about what she's saying, and makes Johansson look like it's her first day on the job. 25 minutes was quite enough for me, bye.
J. P.Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun who-done-it farce laced with Woody wit
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This is the best film that I've seen Scarlett Johansson in. She seemed to be having a really good time in her part. This is probably also the best Woody Allen film that I've seen. Too many times, I have left Allen films scratching my head ... "What the hey-diddle-diddle was that all about?"

I've come to realize that Woody Allen films are all about Woody Allen's fantasies. This one is no different. Although the lead character is played by a woman (Johansson), it's still Woody Allen coming through. For instance, at one point, Hugh Jackman asks Scarlett to remove her glasses. She responds that she can't see without them, and says something like, "I don't wear contacts. I don't like to put my finger on my eyeballs." That was Woody talking through his script.

The film is loaded with ironic Woodyisms that are quickly shot; so, listen fast. Here's one of the funniest quotes in the film. Allen's character (Splendini), when asked at a party about his religion, quips, "I was born into the Hebrew persuasion, but when I got older, I converted to narcissism." No truer said than by the man himself.

Overall, I found the film a comical who-done-it farce that was enjoyable to watch.

(I don't recommend this film for children. They won't understand the humor, plus there are scenes suggesting sexual encounters.)
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WJReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Same WA dead-on-arrival sophomoric junk,
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Jul 2021 - plot is sophomoric and predictable. WA’s performance - if you can call it that - is annoying. His role adds nothing to the movie, in fact his character is useless. WA’s acting is summed up as an annoying person playing an annoying person. How does WA get away with pitying this drivel on the screen over and over. Spoiler alert - you can figure out ‘who done it’ after 15 min max. Din’t waste either time or money on this junk.
Dexter HavenReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than "The Prestige"
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ScarJo is charming and the main draw for this. This is the comedy cousin to the ponderous movie "The Prestige" which had odd similarities to this one: ScarJo and Hugh Jackman as a couple, a magic act involving someone who disappears in a box, and a whodunit plot. Woody resurrects his Danny Rose character for this one. It's light-hearted fun. Better than "The Prestige" at least. Jackman is a bore.
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