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6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
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  1. JeffreyL.S.
    Sep 29, 2003
    6
    (**1/2-out of 4) Hope this logs? I was on another site & I wrote 2 long-reviews on same film-(even compiling *"The Woodman" Woody Allen's-(1935-) OSCAR-record 13 screenplay nominations! But they need help over there.... Anyway, *Woody is my personal fav. filmmaker today. & his newest annual film is just ok. He's an acquired taste. & In an obvious effort to appeal to a younger (**1/2-out of 4) Hope this logs? I was on another site & I wrote 2 long-reviews on same film-(even compiling *"The Woodman" Woody Allen's-(1935-) OSCAR-record 13 screenplay nominations! But they need help over there.... Anyway, *Woody is my personal fav. filmmaker today. & his newest annual film is just ok. He's an acquired taste. & In an obvious effort to appeal to a younger crowd he has both Jasob Biggs & Christina Ricci-Man, has she changed from my memories of her being Winona's lil' sis in 1990's "Mermaids" But both are actually pretty dull performers. Of course *Woody has now recruited Biggs into his world of "Woody-isms" He's done it with the likes of Ed Norton, Cusack & of course mostly: Mia Farrow-(1945-)whom did 13 flix with him) & *Diane Keaton-(1946-) she did 8. & In essence they sound like him. Banter back and fourth,etc. But in this lil' flick it's *Woody himself that steals his own show for most part. & It's a little different type of character he plays here. A lil' man of hidden violence? I'll never divulge endings as some do though. But as i noted he holds all-time ACADEMY record of Best Screenplay noms. (13 to date)-1 more than the late: *Billy Wilder-(1906-2003) & It's very unlikely he will win, or even be nominated for this comedy. If your a true fan, you go though. & as I log this & If it takes? Yet another heavyweight has passed away: *Elia Kazan-(1909-2003) & speaking of such. Of course most *Woody fans know his #1 idol is: Bob Hope-(1903-2003) & If you check out his earliest jazz, you'll see a lot of Hope & Groucho Marx as well. I've always felt the lil' guy deserved an OSCAR nom for '72's "Play It Again, Sam" I've always felt since he only acted, no writing or directing, he was able to concentrate on his work as an imbecile in that movie!? But we all know how fond the ACADEMY is of all out comedy. Although his biggie OSCAR-wise *"Annie Hall" '77 did defeat "Star Wars?" By the way, he's been nominated for Best Director 6 times td. Thank You & please post this-(unlike ....) Expand
  2. ChadS.
    Sep 25, 2003
    5
    The trailer for "Anything Else" enticed me, practically galvanized me, made me believe that Woody Allen was back, if not up to "Annie Hall"-form, then "Sweet and Lowdown"-form would've been salad enough after iceberg efforts like "Hollywood Ending" and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion". But alas, tired blood circulating in younger bodies is still tired blood. "Anything Else" is The trailer for "Anything Else" enticed me, practically galvanized me, made me believe that Woody Allen was back, if not up to "Annie Hall"-form, then "Sweet and Lowdown"-form would've been salad enough after iceberg efforts like "Hollywood Ending" and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion". But alas, tired blood circulating in younger bodies is still tired blood. "Anything Else" is sporadically funny, but the laughs are Pavlovian. We remember the potent versions of Allen's riffs on love, Jews, and death, and our affection for his past glories taps into a goodwill, a bedrock unruffled by the diminishing returns of his recent efforts. "Anything Else" is like a Vegas revue. He tries to be contemporary by touching upon America's obsession with guns, and Diana Krall, but his contempt for young people(DeVito's character remarks how we're a nation of non-readers), gives Biggs the unlikely hobby of collecting old 78s. Still, Allentown is still a more preferable stay than Farrellyville. Expand
  3. DanB.
    Sep 25, 2003
    6
    You know it's a Woody Allen movie when it seems not-so-funny because it only has 50 good lines.
Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    The younger casting brings a freshness to the material and, with Allen as the weird mentor, there are plenty of laughs, even if the pacing's slow and the running time over-extended.
  2. Disappointingly mediocre.
  3. With every recycled piece of business -- which is to say, every scene in Anything Else -- the distance widens between Allen and the elusive audience he pessimistically chases. He has never seemed less in touch with his own real, pulsing, 21st-century city.