• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 21, 2021
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27

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  1. Feb 22, 2021
    10
    Disgusting pedophile Woody Allen is finally getting exposed for the sick child molester he always was. Too little too late of course, but Hollywood is second only to the catholic church when it comes to protecting the powerful abusers in their midst. As for the deranged freaks who feel the need to defend him in every online space one can only hope they get put on a list.
  2. Feb 23, 2021
    10
    First episode was very nuanced and well-researched, if more than a little hard to watch for obvious reasons. Seriously, the guy married his step daughter and people still defend him. STILL. I'll be interested to see what new information the next three episodes bring to the table.
  3. Feb 22, 2021
    9
    I believe Dylan Farrow. Listen to the victims of abuse. Woody Allen is a powerful, manipulative, abusive, pedophile who belongs in jail. The doc is well made and takes various perspectives of those affected.
  4. Feb 22, 2021
    8
    You can only interview those that want to be interviewed on camera. So take your complains about the lack of Allen and his partner's side of the story to him.
  5. Feb 21, 2021
    3
    Three problems: 1) Overly sensational, with suggestive emotional appeals based in speculation, not evidence. 2) Little new information (so far, one episode in) that is directly incriminating. 3) Extremely one-sided, offering few counter-arguments or explanations from Allen. Let's hope the next three episodes are more nuanced and balanced...
  6. Feb 23, 2021
    2
    So many problems.

    First of all as one would expect, this is a one sided hit piece out for Allens blood. I am not a fan of his work so I am not going to defend him based on being a fan. The problem here is that it is all stilted to one side and its very VERY light on factual evidence. I tend to believe Allen is in fact a pedophile but this examination undermines it by focusing on
    So many problems.

    First of all as one would expect, this is a one sided hit piece out for Allens blood. I am not a fan of his work so I am not going to defend him based on being a fan. The problem here is that it is all stilted to one side and its very VERY light on factual evidence. I tend to believe Allen is in fact a pedophile but this examination undermines it by focusing on emotional appeals rather than anything tangible. It leaves a sour taste (with the first episode at least) of someone out for vengance that may or may not actually be rooted in their claims. It leaves you feeling just as much as it was outrage at a parental figure because "you ruined my life" and other nonsensical teenage angst than it does that he was a predator. So it only hurts the cause.

    Moreover, this suffers from the same issue with virtually everything produced by HBO. Its overly produced, pretentious and most egregiously boring to watch. A story like this should at least be mildly interesting if not captivating and fertile ground to keep audiences attention. This however seemingly does not care if you listen to its lecture or not.

    Hopefully further episodes will pick up the pace and be able to stir up some emotion to give a reason for audiences to care but the first episode failed to do so.

    2./10 for a very subpar effort that should have been a slam dunk.
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  7. Feb 22, 2021
    1
    Yellow press, did expect more from HBO. Of course, Allen is heard only via audiobook from his memoir Apropos Of Nothing which is meant to stand in for his side of the story? Well, that' lazy. But again, what about Soon Yi? Why not interview her, or their adopted children? Or Moses Farrow?

    Is it coming in the next episodes? Or what new info is there to beat the dead horse for the 4th time?
  8. Feb 28, 2021
    1
    Rubbish. The police investigated the allegations and found zero reason to pursue charges. There is nothing here that is more than long after the alleged events hearsay. Allen has been with Soon Yi ever since he broke it off with Farrow. His conduct in no way resembles the profile of an abuser. Farrow comes across as having manipulated her daughter, Dylan. Farrow has not had a decent roleRubbish. The police investigated the allegations and found zero reason to pursue charges. There is nothing here that is more than long after the alleged events hearsay. Allen has been with Soon Yi ever since he broke it off with Farrow. His conduct in no way resembles the profile of an abuser. Farrow comes across as having manipulated her daughter, Dylan. Farrow has not had a decent role since Allen stopped casting her in his films. She collected adopted children for nannies to raise, making her veracity most questionable, and her conduct troubling at best. No charges. No trial. No conviction. The filmmakers should be ashamed. Expand
  9. Feb 23, 2021
    1
    http://mosesfarrow.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-son-speaks-out-by-moses-farrow.html
  10. Mar 16, 2021
    0
    One sided to the point where you’re asking obvious questions the producers never bothered to ask. If you’re looking for clarity about the situation it’s not here.
  11. Feb 25, 2021
    0
    The film is a large-scale smear campaign against Woody Allen. Please deal with the topic more intensively and do not believe the lies that the white Farrows spread. The non-white children are not heard in the documentary.
    Take a look at this YouTube video or read Mosses Farrow's blog.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muyaCg2dGAk&t=6993s
    http://mosesfarrow.blogspot.com/
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Mar 19, 2021
    100
    What makes “Allen v. Farrow” appointment television — and justifies its running time (over four hour-long episodes each Sunday beginning Feb. 21) — is that it expands beyond the case and the people involved. ... The series is incredibly absorbing.
  2. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Mar 19, 2021
    60
    The problem with this series, compellingly presented though it was, with Farrow’s son Ronan giving damning evidence against his former quasi “stepfather” and a family friend saying she saw Allen applying sunscreen to Dylan’s buttocks in an inappropriate way, is that it was totally one-sided.
  3. Reviewed by: Anita Singh
    Mar 15, 2021
    40
    Allen is represented here through the audiobook of his 2020 memoir, Apropos of Nothing. He continues to deny the allegations and has dismissed this documentary as a “shoddy hit piece”. It is better than that. But the film-makers have picked their side.