88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is actually a softer treatment of the similar sibling anguish in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." Allen isn't enough of a great dark artist to pull off a full-scale tragedy the way Lumet does.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In thematic terms, Cassandra's Dream could be looked at as a rebuttal to "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Allen's latest, Cassandra's Dream, is one of his debonair ''small'' entertainments, the closest that he has come to doing a tidy, no-frills, down-and-dirty genre thriller.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Allen, who stays behind the camera, brings too little wit and too much contrivance to material that quickly dissolves into warmed-over Dostoevski.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's not a believable character, nor line of convincing dialogue to be found.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The Coen brothers might have pulled this off, but it's out of Allen's faltering reach.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The identical premise is used in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which is like a master class in how Allen goes wrong.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
As writer, Allen offers lazy plotting, poor characterization, dull scenes and flat dialogue.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Farrell is quite good, though it's hard to buy the Scottish McGregor and the Irish Farrell as brothers. But mostly, the film feels rudderless, almost as if it's been directed on autopilot.
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49 out of 100
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