Scoop

Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. 83
    The film is a pleasure that doesn't rank with Allen's best but satisfies far more than most American comedies.
  2. The collision of sleek melodrama and old Woody Allen stand-up routines is at times oddly effective and at other times just odd.
  3. It's far from his (Allen) career best, but it's funny and he comes off well.
  4. 75
    No more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.
  5. A light-hearted if ghostly murder mystery that for all the contemporary English locations feels like a 1930s studio film including a plot that bears little scrutiny. Along with the delectable Johansson, the film offers fun roles for Allen, Hugh Jackman and Ian McShane.
  6. Mr. Allen's invocation of the "Thin Man" films in an interview makes sense, even if he’s no William Powell and Ms. Johansson is certainly no Myrna Loy. Scoop was made by someone who understands that what makes the "Thin Man" series enduring isn't whodunit and why, but the way Nick and Nora look at each other as they sip their martinis, Asta nipping at their heels.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    70
    An odd but agreeable little comedy.
  8. 70
    It's the kind of small pleasure that can make you feel intensely grateful.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Johansson is not Allen's new Diane Keaton. She's closer to Mariel Hemingway -- though even Allen couldn't attempt to pull off a romance between his septuagenarian self and a girl in college.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. BrandonS.
    Feb 7, 2007
    7
    I expected this to be middle of the road Woody and was pleasantly surprised. Though he has trouble writing for a younger female's voice, I expected this to be middle of the road Woody and was pleasantly surprised. Though he has trouble writing for a younger female's voice, most of the time that works out okay, and all the performances were excellent. In the tradition of Manhattan Murder Mystery, this a fun, interesting, and, above all, funny, comedy. Not a classic, by any stretch, but an enjoyable movie. Full Review »
  2. MichaelP.
    Dec 1, 2006
    8
    Come on, give the man a break! I read the posted reviews of this movie before seeing it last night, and I'm stunned by all the Come on, give the man a break! I read the posted reviews of this movie before seeing it last night, and I'm stunned by all the negativity. By what impossible standard are you judging this film, people? No, it wasn't Woody Allen's best movie, but he delivered--it had all the usual elements that I believe most of his fans love. There were a few laugh out loud jokes and some not so funny ones, like in all of his movies. Yes, the plot had some holes, but you don't go see his movies looking for a mind-blowing plot, that's not what he's about. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and so did my wife. It will be a sad, sad time in my life when fall rolls around and there's not a new Woody Allen film to go see. Trust me. If you love Woody, you won't regret paying to see this film. Full Review »
  3. JonathanA.
    Nov 7, 2006
    8
    This one was hilarious. Then again, you won't enjoy it if you don't "GET" Woody Allen (which a lot of people do not). I "get" him This one was hilarious. Then again, you won't enjoy it if you don't "GET" Woody Allen (which a lot of people do not). I "get" him (and it's not just about being obsessed with his films) and I found this one to be really funny and yet kind of dumb in a few spots. I think Scarlett Johansson is really talented (not to mention HOT) but she didn't work in this film. Her lines were delivered awkward and it really seemed like she was straining. Woody, on the other hand, was absolutely hilarious. I honestly believe he has not been this laugh-out-loud funny with one-liners and slapstick since 'Love and Death'. He was a complete breath of fresh air from the other actors he has cast in his films where they essentially try to play Woody. It had great cinematography and incredible music (but that's to be expected). So to summarize: one of his funniest films in years, though it loses points for Scarlett's weak performance. Full Review »