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  • Summary: Woody Allen's new romantic comedy is a lesson in the reality that loves at first sight isn't always 20/20. Jerry Falk (Biggs) learns that lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with the beautiful but flighty Amanda (Ricci). (DreamWorks Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  1. Has some of the wit, sass and sexual candor of an "Annie Hall." But it covers the same kind of territory with more bite and bile.
  2. With Anything Else, Woody Allen proves himself an old dog capable of thinking up some new tricks.
  3. 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.
  4. It's so irrelevant, unambitious and lazy it almost seems to be thumbing its nose at the daring filmmaker Woody once was.
  5. 38
    This relentlessly mediocre romantic comedy is basically a pretty arthritic third-generation Xerox of "Annie Hall," with Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci in the old Allen and Keaton parts in a probably quixotic attempt to court the youth market.
  6. Too labored to be romantic and too derivative to be funny.

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. LouF.
    Nov 28, 2008
    8
    Nice divertissement for dialogue, acting, coleur locale and your typical Allen uber-selfconsciousness as a scathing and absurd way of Nice divertissement for dialogue, acting, coleur locale and your typical Allen uber-selfconsciousness as a scathing and absurd way of self-reflection. He takes himself so seriously he in fact ís two people in one. This is why I suspect William P. is right in suggesting that Dobel is Double - is his alter. Great point. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    7
    Nice movie, well written with a descent amattering of laughs. Very much a typical Woody Allen effort through and through. The acting was veryNice movie, well written with a descent amattering of laughs. Very much a typical Woody Allen effort through and through. The acting was very solid. I had fun. Expand
  3. 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 (**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
  4. Oct 10, 2011
    2
    This film is what Allen would call in his better years, 'mental masturbation.' I don't need to talk about how the story and jokes areThis film is what Allen would call in his better years, 'mental masturbation.' I don't need to talk about how the story and jokes are shamelessly recycled from other Allen movies, or how all the characters are either boring or unpleasant, or how out of touch the film is with how college graduates talk, or how sick I am of listening to people talking about their fear of death. All I need to say is this: I would rather watch anything else than Anything Else. Collapse

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