Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 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. Whether it's simply the change of locale, or a change in Allen's psyche, something is up in Match Point. With a dark view of humankind, and of the vagaries of chance - bad luck, good luck, dumb luck - the filmmaker has crafted a wicked, winning gem.
  3. Allen's most satisfying film since "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) and his most compelling since "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989).
  4. To call Match Point Woody Allen's comeback would be an understatement - it's the most vital return to form for any director since Robert Altman made "The Player."
  5. An unpredictable, unusual, consistently engrossing drama of a kind that has almost disappeared from Hollywood.
  6. 91
    It's a sexy thriller, tautly constructed, deeply acted and heartfelt, despite a cool and knowing tone.
  7. The gloom of random, meaningless existence has rarely been so much fun, and Mr. Allen's bite has never been so sharp, or so deep. A movie this good is no laughing matter.
  8. 88
    Not only could one argue that this is the best "serious" work the director has ever attempted, but it's presented in a way that even the most seasoned Allen fan will have difficulty recognizing the iconic filmmaker's fingerprints.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Woody's a master wordsmith, and here he's crafted a bit of audience-friendly fare that's smart without feeling exclusionary. It's a portrait of elite society--and the hangers-on who wish to penetrate it--made in an surprisingly accessible way.
  10. Allen, rejuvenated by foreign settings, makes us appreciate posh parts of England as he always did Manhattan. (Credit cinematographer Remi Adefarasin for showing us how seductive upper-crust London can be.)
  11. 88
    Match Point begins to recall Hitchcock as it unfolds, although it wouldn't be right to call it a thriller. This is still very much a Woody Allen movie, populated by upper-class characters who chatter about literature and fine art, frequent museums and designer boutiques and accidentally run into each other on the street with uncanny regularity.
  12. 88
    Woody Allen's best movie in years means to trip us up: Sexual sizzle. London instead of Manhattan. Brit actors. Dark humor with a sting that leaves welts. You bet it's a change. And it looks good on the Woodman.
  13. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Its many pleasures derive from the way this drama unfolds unexpectedly from the characters rather than imposing itself on them.
  14. What fans want are good movies. This one isn't particularly funny or romantic, but it's gripping and tragic. It asks some nasty, yet profound, questions about human desire and behavior.
  15. Rhys-Meyers and Johansson work well together - they both know how to project glossiness and guile.
  16. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    Even for non-Allen fans this has all the appeal of a good story well told and capped with a deliciously vicious little twist.
  17. A sort of romance noir -- spruced up in pressed white linens -- this British-made film is elegant, uncompromising and oh-so- veddy nasty.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Well-observed and superbly cast picture is the filmmaker's best in quite a long time.
  19. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    Allen covers it all with intelligent dialogue and unexpected moments of clever visual storytelling.
  20. It pretty much keeps its pulse steady, its blood cold and its nerves tamped down -- which, combined with cinematographer Remi Adefarasin's architectural Hitchcockian flourishes, lends a queasy, cool air to the proceedings.
  21. Match Point is fantastic to look at, sharply dramatic and Allen is--who knew?--a master of suspense.
  22. The movie is unexpectedly disciplined and enjoyable.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Proof that Allen, who many have dismissed with his last few forgettable films, is still a filmmaking force.
  24. 70
    Allen's new movie, Match Point, devoted to lust, adultery, and murder, is the most vigorous thing he's done in years.
  25. An efficient genre piece with a few provocative metaphysical trimmings; the mainly English cast is effective.
  26. Reviewed by: Stephen Metcalf
    Match Point starts out crisply and deliciously, but in the end, it's a chess problem crossed with an ethics exam.
  27. One aspect certainly is remarkable. The dialogue is, at least to an American ear, authentic. Allen doesn't mention any aid on the script, so we are to assume that he wrote it himself.
  28. Switching into a dramatic gear, Woody Allen surprises but often struggles in this dark morality tale.
  29. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Though the tale is told with crisp sangfroid and a wonderful twist, there's hardly a scene I haven't seen somewhere else.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    When they get to canoodling and conniving, you won't ask for your money back.
  31. 70
    Just when the seemingly endless scenes of Johansson's nagging threaten to sink Match Point for good, the movie becomes the thriller that early reports promised.
  32. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The question that should be asked is whether Woody Allen has made a good movie this time out, and the honest answer is "almost."
  33. Match Point may well be a return to form but only for those who love "September" and "Interiors," movies populated by Bergman evacuees too inert and dreary to even crack a smile.
  34. 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.
  35. Rather than providing a foil for Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation" or embodying the mostly silent model for the painter Vermeer in "The Girl With One Pearl Earring," Johansson actually has to emote prodigiously here, and she is just not up to the task.
  36. 50
    Johansson bequeaths the welcome sight of a talent in full bloom to this wilted, dark whimsy of a movie.
  37. 50
    Match Point is a perfectly presentable, entirely unremarkable domestic melodrama parked queasily between opera and realism, two irreconcilable forms if ever there were.
  38. 50
    Match Point is a fatally neat exercise in detached craftsmanship, and maybe that's the best we can expect from Allen at this point.
  39. 50
    This thin chronicle of bad behavior among the rich and self-obsessed is above all painfully derivative, borrowing wholesale from Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" and echoes Allen's own "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
  40. A modest and mildly pretentious mediocrity in the Woodman canon.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 338 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 137
  2. Negative: 42 out of 137
  1. TonyB.
    Aug 8, 2006
    Dark and atmospheric, "Match Point" is also, especially with those operatic insertions, just too pretentious for its own good. I found hard Dark and atmospheric, "Match Point" is also, especially with those operatic insertions, just too pretentious for its own good. I found hard to believe what the Jonathan Rhys-Meyers character does to get out of his predicament. A different Allen movie doesn't necessarily translate into a very good one.. Full Review »
  2. Feb 24, 2015
    This is one of my favorite movie ever. It's a very smart plot (normal for Woody), about a ambicious and smart tennis player, who uses hisThis is one of my favorite movie ever. It's a very smart plot (normal for Woody), about a ambicious and smart tennis player, who uses his interest in high culture to penetrate the upper class. Chris is completely amoral. He just coldly calculates the probability of success. Woody plays well with the theme of luck (which is common in his movies), including two interesting scenes, one at the begginning, with a tennis ball touching the net and luck defining in which side of the court it is going to fall, and another one at the end that makes you anticipate, wrongly, the end of the movie. Scarlett is gorgeous. Myers delivered a good performance. The movie oscilates a lot in its plot, as luck is seemingly defining the path the characters take, and the end tends to be not what you expected (unless you know Allen well). It is philosophical, entertaining, full of suspense and sexy. A masterpiece in my opinion. Dostoevsky would be proud, despite the alternative, nietzschean ending. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »