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  • Summary: Match Point is a drama about ambition and obsession, the seduction of wealth, and the often discordant relationship between love and sexual passion. Perhaps most importantly, however, the story reveals the huge part luck plays in the events of our lives, refuting the comforting misconception that more of life is under our control than really is. (Dream Works Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    One reason for the fascination of Woody Allen's Match Point is that each and every character is rotten.
  2. An unpredictable, unusual, consistently engrossing drama of a kind that has almost disappeared from Hollywood.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    88
    Its many pleasures derive from the way this drama unfolds unexpectedly from the characters rather than imposing itself on them.
  4. Match Point is fantastic to look at, sharply dramatic and Allen is--who knew?--a master of suspense.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Though the tale is told with crisp sangfroid and a wonderful twist, there's hardly a scene I haven't seen somewhere else.
  6. An efficient genre piece with a few provocative metaphysical trimmings; the mainly English cast is effective.
  7. The movie wears thin as its style turns from light parody into affectation, and the plot, which certainly generates lots of anxiety, eventually settles for facile irony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 131
  2. Negative: 42 out of 131
  1. Dostoyevsky
    Dec 28, 2005
    10
    Best film of the year, Woody's back!
  2. J.Bravo
    Jan 16, 2006
    10
    A great surprise from Woody Allen. Of all the terrific movies this year, Munich, Brokeback, Good Night and Good Luck, Capote, Match Point has succeeded where these others have only come very close - and that is accomplishing with great finesse what it sets out to do. All the others stumble on occasion. Not here. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A great contemporary cinema adaption for "Crime and Punishment" in which crime is justifiable for social ascension and not for the harm an old usurer does to society. Expand
  4. LeeP.
    Jan 14, 2006
    8
    The film is immensely enjoyable.It succeeds both as a morality tale and a crime thriller. It has a glossy cinematography of the affluent side of london. The actors give good performances and the love scenes are effective. Expand
  5. Dan
    Apr 29, 2006
    5
    The first two-thirds of this film drolls through the conventional love triangle/backstabbing melodrama that is put out by so many nameless directors. If Allen is going to break his mold, he shouldn't go so far into someone else's. Granted the last third of the film saves it from total drudgery, but still it retains a sense of pretentiousness. If Allen is going to give us an operatic backdrop and intricate allusions, he should also not beat us over the head with redundant metaphors. Expand
  6. EspenA.
    Aug 9, 2006
    2
    Great wrapping, shame about the plot. If you consider yourself an above average intelligent person with an appreciation , then stay away from this one, because you will be disappointed. And if you're not, then you're not, and your reaction to this movie is proof. It wasn't even funny! Sic transit gloria Woody. And pity the actors and crew; this is a waste of talent. Expand
  7. JonathanH.
    Dec 31, 2005
    0
    Perhaps you'd have to be British to recognise just how crass and unconvincing the film Match Point is. The main characters are a nauseating collection of upper crust twits and to call the dialogue cardboard would be an insult to cardboard.To read the positive reviews one begins to suspect some weird conspiracy amongst the stale and tired aristocracy of movieland. A final point on the subject of bouncing tennis balls - it's not luck but physics that decides a balls trajectory. Please refer to Newtons laws on motion. And so what if luck plays an important part in our lives? Oooh deep! PATHETIC! Expand

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