• Released
  • September 4, 1999
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 35 min
  • Comedy Drama
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Miami Herald

Penn's performance is easily the best ever seen in an Allen film.
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
(Penn)'s is a lovely, soulful performance in a movie that manages to imbue tragedy with just the right grace note of insouciance -- a movie worthy of Woody Allen himself.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sean Penn('s) performances are master classes in the art of character development.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Allen draws a snappy, loose-limbed performance from Penn.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Penn hasn't attempted much comedy since "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's masterful here.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Exquisitely designed, lovingly executed, beautifully scored and played, every hair and note in place, it's a movie full of irony, passion and bluesy riffs.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
The best reason in years to reconsider (Woody Allen).
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
A vapor trail of a comedy, comfortable as an old chair (and deliciously photographed in shades of melon and banana by Chinese vet Zhao Fei), but ultimately quaint and unchallenging.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Agreeable eye candy and ear candy, but it's too slight to reach as deep as it thinks it wants to reach.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's all very slight and only sporadically amusing, and it makes Allen's "Celebrity" from last year look even more underrated than it already is.
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70 out of 100
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