Deconstructing Harry

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  • Summary: This film revolves around the problems of a New York writer's creative and erotic life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
  2. This poisonous, brazenly autobiographical comedy shows off the best of Mr. Allen's misanthropic humor.
  3. 88
    This is in many ways his most revealing film, his most painful, and if it also contains more than his usual quotient of big laughs, what was it the man said? "We laugh, that we may not cry."
  4. Then along comes a movie like Deconstructing Harry, which marks the writer/director/actor's return to top form, once again using the stuff of his life to create the stuff of his fiction.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    The film is smutty-mouthed and jumpy and free-associative, and Allen does everything but hurl his feces at the audience. The result is more rambunctious--and more fun--than any movie he has made in years.
  6. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    Unnervingly, it is both hilariously funny and quite disturbing, with Allen's neuroses and fixations manifested in some shocking ugliness and intimately personal revelations we'd rather not have seen confirmed.
  7. This runs a close second to September as his worst feature to date--marginally more bearable only because it's a comedy and a couple of gags are reasonably funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. brentf.
    Dec 9, 2005
    10
    Fantastic.
  2. Aug 27, 2011
    4
    Simultaneously mean-spirited and self-deprecating, Deconstructing Harry is Allen at his most misanthropic. The problem is that it is, in spiteSimultaneously mean-spirited and self-deprecating, Deconstructing Harry is Allen at his most misanthropic. The problem is that it is, in spite of itself, one of Allen's more interesting and compelling dramas, only taken through such a two-dimensionally sour vein, given its characters. Despite having individual sketches that are actually quite funny, this is the Allen movie where all the bad things people say about him are very true. Expand

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