San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Deconstructing Harry is Woody Allen's naughty-boy confessional movie, a disquietingly candid and funny portrait of a pathological narcissist.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A bravura act of self-revelation, its vivid portrait of one man's fears, fantasies and neuroses uses a mixture of reality, imagination and comedy to create one of the writer-director's most involving films.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is in many ways his most revealing film, his most painful, and if it also contains more than his usual quotient of big laughs, what was it the man said? "We laugh, that we may not cry."
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Film Threat

By Ron Wells
I've never been a fan, but in the space of a couple hours the Woodster gives both an explanation AND the finger to ALL of his critics. This is mean-spirited fun, just the way we like it!
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Then along comes a movie like Deconstructing Harry, which marks the writer/director/actor's return to top form, once again using the stuff of his life to create the stuff of his fiction.
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By James Berardinelli
It's a movie of moments, some of which are side-splittingly funny. Arguably, this is the most uproarious comedy that Allen has ever done.
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By Angie Errigo
Unnervingly, it is both hilariously funny and quite disturbing, with Allen's neuroses and fixations manifested in some shocking ugliness and intimately personal revelations we'd rather not have seen confirmed.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Woody Allen wrote and directed this inventive comedy, which has some good laughs but a very nasty edge.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Although the performances by the star-studded cast are generally excellent, only Billy Crystal really manages to transcend the dour misery of Allen's script: His witty turn as a dapper Satan is a blessed relief from the neurotic gloom.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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