Match Point

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    Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring him far from it Show more... - palms start to sweat and a dark psychological match in his head begins.

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    ... a nifty little crowd pleaser ...

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    Match Point isn't one of his truly great films, like Annie Hall or Manhattan, but it's a very good one; a sign that a career that seemed stalled is purring along once more.

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    Match Point is airless, repetitive.

    3/5
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    Match Point has a coiled, taut energy that's unusual for Allen.

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    In every scene, Allen's direction is unflinchingly clear-eyed, and it's a pleasure being walked through London at the same unhurried pace that he's taken through Manhattan all these years.

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    Johansson finds her own speech rhythms in Allen's arch dialogue, and in the process, gives his film a quality that his recent work has often lacked, the recognizable flutter of a heart beat behind the facade of the character.

    3/4
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    This is Woody beyond Woody, his best work in more than a decade and the antithesis of most fans' expectations.

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    Match Point, a film that makes us examine well-considered questions in new light, is what Woody Allen sees when he gets out of his comfort zone, we can only hope he sees the benefit of travel.

    4/4
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    The combination of alluring atmosphere and ambition makes Match Point one of Allen's most involving movies in years.

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    Woody Allen's Match Point is a too-rare thing: a fine film that waxes philosophical about morality, ambition and relationships.

    3/4
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    The arrival of Match Point is good luck for movie fans.

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    It's a film worth seeing several times. If you're lucky enough to get the chance.

    4/5
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    Match Point is Woody Allen's best picture in more than a decade -- an excellent character piece/social study that evolves into a suspense thriller with an O. Henry twist.

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    Allen has finally emerged as something of a storyteller and a stylist.

    3/4
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    It has Woody's humor and subtlety; no British bluntness here. The acting is first-cabin all the way. And it's genuinely moving. Move it to the top of your must-see list.

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    There's a pleasing sense of social claustrophobia - but it's not enough to make Allen's film work.

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    Philosophically and plotwise, it's right in line with some of his previous work. Yet Match Point breaks new ground in a handful of significant ways.

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    This is a wonderfully provocative film with complex characters and breathless twists and turns.

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    What begins as a directorial fresh start becomes a statement of misanthropy that isn't artistically insightful so much as it's resolute.

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    If ever there was a case to be made for an artist finding inspiration abroad, Allen's first foray out of New York makes a powerful argument.

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    It's a pleasure to let the Allenisms wash over you, ever so slightly disguised in the form of a taut dramatic thriller but never diluted.

    3/4
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    England clearly agrees with Allen, and in Match Point he has hit a top-spin winner.

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    Match Point is his best film since 1992's Husbands and Wives.

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    A story of lust, love and the lure of money, Match Point is so thoroughly compelling, and so deftly acted by all parties concerned, that it turns and churns deep in the gut.

    4/4
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    Deserves to be ranked with Allen's Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Everyone Says I Love You.

    4/4
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    The film is good enough that you don't feel the need for a few laughs to leaven the grimness.

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    [Allen's] new movie, Match Point, devoted to lust, adultery, and murder, is the most vigorous thing he's done in years.

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    Crushingly humorless, Match Point also has a grade-school-simple Major Theme: At the outset, Chris's narration informs us that life is luck, and at any point we could win or lose. Whoa.

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    A captivating story of class distinctions that evolves into a chilling psychological thriller.

    3/4
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    If Allen hasn't quite figured out the social landscape of England yet, he does know what he wants to talk about: Fate, or more commonly, Luck.

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    Its many pleasures derive from the way this drama unfolds unexpectedly from the characters rather than imposing itself on them.

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    Watching Match Point, you could almost conclude that Allen is shedding some of his more calcified habits, that he's molting.

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    In the final analysis of Allen's career, it may turn out that moral ambiguity, not comedy, was what he did best.

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    [Allen's] most satisfying film in more than a decade ...

    4/5
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    [The film is] suffused with a Fitzgeraldian glow of bittersweet romance and ruefulness among the elite.

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    To call Match Point Woody Allen's comeback would be an understatement - it's the most vital return to form for any director since Robert Altman made The Player.

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    ... from the casting to the dialogue, "Match Point" just feels pickled in artificiality.

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    Allen has crafted one of his strongest films in years.

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    Allen's sharpest film in a decade (granted, a pretty weak decade) amasses all the fixings of a sexy thriller.

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    Match Point is a perfectly presentable, entirely unremarkable domestic melodrama parked queasily between opera and realism, two irreconcilable forms if ever there were.

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    For the first time in a long time, we understand why Allen is considered a master. If this is what filming in London does for him, maybe he should move there permanently.

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    Allen evokes Dostoevsky and Dreiser, but don't expect justice from a shocker ending that manages to be devilishly clever and morally repugnant. It's been a long time since a Woody Allen film sparked juicy debate. Savor it.

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    Match Point is wittier and more coherent than anything [Woody Allen] has done in ages; it is well made and well thought out to its very last shot.

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    In thematic terms, Match Point, whose tennis allusion reflects a preoccupation with the role of luck in life, comes closest to Crimes and Misdemeanors among Allen's films.

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    Match Point is a story designed more to prove a philosophical point than to examine a social milieu or a particular cast of characters.

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