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  • Summary: In Woody Allen's new contemporary comedy, an American journalism student (Johansson) visiting friends in London happens upon the scoop of a lifetime. Along the investigative trail, she finds magic, murder, mystery - and perhaps love, with a British aristocrat (Jackman). (Focus Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. 83
    The film is a pleasure that doesn't rank with Allen's best but satisfies far more than most American comedies.
  2. 75
    No more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.
  3. 70
    It's the kind of small pleasure that can make you feel intensely grateful.
  4. 50
    Rather than providing flashes of one-of-a-kind humor, Allen has reached the point where his critical and movie-going fans are humoring him.
  5. To see Allen, now 70, trying to reclaim the persona he's been handing off is like watching Willie Mays fall down trying to hit a slow curve during his last season. Woody may go on to direct many great films, but it's time for him to retire Alvy Singer.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Gallo
    40
    So flat, dull, and off form that it seems to have been conceived in a fog. It not only lacks the verve and energy of Allen's best New York–based work, it feels culturally adrift, like some bewildered tourist trying to read a city map held upside down.
  7. Allen is wretched. It is no kind of pleasure to say so, especially with the memory of the good things he has done; but here he simply plunks front and center the fact that he cannot act and never could.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Fantasy
    Aug 27, 2006
    10
    The Woody Allen bashers will continue ad nauseum forever so you must discount their opinion as it lacks any and all merit. As for Scoop it The Woody Allen bashers will continue ad nauseum forever so you must discount their opinion as it lacks any and all merit. As for Scoop it was quite enjoyable despite some of the negative reviews. Woody Allen played well Woody Allen as his old neurotic self to the max. The movie was adeptly written and acted without any one actor receiving more attention than the others. To tell the truth it was quite good. As for the naysayers get over the Woody bashing already as he is one of the most talented men on the planet. Kudo's to all. Expand
  2. JaneanK.
    Jul 30, 2006
    10
    This is Woody Allen comedy at its best. Refreshing. Slapstick. Smart. I want to say "Thank you!" Mr. Allen for making me so readily laugh This is Woody Allen comedy at its best. Refreshing. Slapstick. Smart. I want to say "Thank you!" Mr. Allen for making me so readily laugh during this summer of drought and war. Expand
  3. KatharineC.
    Aug 25, 2006
    9
    Great, hilarious flick. Woody is back.
  4. MichelleC.
    Jul 27, 2006
    7
    The first three-quarters of this movie are witty and funny. Scarlett and Hugh are awesome and have great chemistry together. Woody The first three-quarters of this movie are witty and funny. Scarlett and Hugh are awesome and have great chemistry together. Woody Allen's character is over done and grows tiresome quickly. (I wondered why Scarlett's character would even want to continue hanging out with such an incredible idiot.) Just when you are wanting something more the movie ends and the ending on this film is weak! Expand
  5. MickH.
    Aug 5, 2006
    7
    This is as pleasant as a milk shake or an egg cream from the old neighborhood. If you don't like Woodly's shtick, you won't This is as pleasant as a milk shake or an egg cream from the old neighborhood. If you don't like Woodly's shtick, you won't have much patience for it. It does not have much to SAY and it is not bold or adventurous, but it is aimiable and sympathetic. A light summer film in which some of the older Allen's themes about death are presented in a nonthreatening way. It does not have to be believable it is fun. Expand
  6. BB
    Jun 9, 2007
    6
    Good acting, but a story too simple.
  7. DannyR.
    Nov 27, 2006
    0
    I used to be a HUGE Woody fan. And I get Woody. But it saddens me to say that this is by far Woody's worst movie of all time. There were I used to be a HUGE Woody fan. And I get Woody. But it saddens me to say that this is by far Woody's worst movie of all time. There were massive plot holes in the script. The acting was terrible and worst of all so was the writing which is Woody's hallmark. Expand

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