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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
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  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: 82 out of 136
  2. Negative: 42 out of 136
  1. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    I was watching this film on HBO last night (it is now July 2014) and I like this film even better than when I originally saw it in a theater. What I particularly noticed is its tightness -- things happen quickly and inevitably. I also admired again the performance of Jonathan Rhys-Myers who with his slight sneer and silent watchfulness rivals Joseph Cotten in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. Is the business about luck contrived? I am not sure, but I wish Allen would do a sequel. I would guess the JR-M character becomes a ruthless CEO (perhaps the Jeremy Irons character in Margin Call) and as he climbs, has a more willing string of mistresses. And perhaps he finds his father-in-law and he are more alike than we originally think or if not, and his father-in-law is indeed weak and rich by chance, the sky is the limit for JR-M -- until his luck runs out, that is. This is one of Allen's best. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    9
    With Match Point, Woody Allen is able to prove he has conquer another genre in the world of film: suspense. As always, the film is smart and wholly entertaining. It's about life and luck--Allen has struck gold here. Scarlett Johansson is captivating as Nola Rice. Expand
  4. j30
    Nov 8, 2011
    8
    I really liked this movie. Woody Allen finally hits the **** tone where Cassandra's Dream missed horribly.
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    It is fairly bleak, but "Match Point" still remains a testament to Woody Allen's simply tremendous ability to effectively engage the audience in a provocative story. Expand
  6. BKM
    Sep 17, 2012
    8
    Match Point is a deeply bitter and cynical film about privileged, upper class members of society behaving badly and getting away with their transgressions. There is no moral to the story and the thesis that Allen is working with is that there is no rhyme or reason for what happens in this thing called life. It's all based on luck and chance. It sounds like a complete downer of a film, but Allen makes it smart, entertaining and ultimately riveting. Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2014
    0
    I just can't believe how awful this film is and yet it reviewed so well by many. I think this is a case of people focusing on Allens excellent back catalogue of former glories and not treating this as a standalone film. The script is so bad, that it made me hate it despite the normally likeable leads. Expand

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