You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Woody Allen comedy about the anxieties, ambitions and romantic misfortunes of a pair of married couples. The brilliant cast includes Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas.

After Alfie (Hopkins) leaves Helena (Gemma Jones) to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl (Lucy Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally (Watts) develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy (Brolin), a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Their attempts to dodge life's problems, with pipe dreams and impracticable plans, lead to heartache, irrationality, and perilous hot water.

2010Rating: M, contains offensive language & sexual references98 minsUSA, Spain
ComedyRomance
Director:
Woody Allen ('Vicky Cristina Barcelona', 'Match Point', 'Small Time Crooks', 'Mighty Aphrodite', 'Hannah and Her Sisters', 'The Purple Rose of Cairo', 'Manhattan', 'Interiors', 'Annie Hall')
Writer:
Woody Allen
Cast:
Josh BrolinAntonio BanderasAnthony HopkinsGemma JonesNaomi WattsFreida PintoLucy PunchRoger Ashton-GriffithsChristian McKay

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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Woody Allen’s ‘latest’ is from 2010, finally making its way Kiwi-side three years after its Cannes debut. Set in London, Woody’s lens follows two generations of related married couples as they negotiate desire, deceit, jealousy and ambition. Neither ribald comedy nor dark tragedy, Allen employs a deft lightness of touch to deal with big issues of fidelity, faith, fraudulence and fate.

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Variety

Variety

Fitfully amusing and nearly saved by its distinguished cast.

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Total Film

Total Film

This mordant yarn boasts a fine cast and waspish wit. But overall it’s a cold and inconsequential piece that won’t be remembered with affection.

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Time Out

Time Out

It isn't the first time death has figured in an Allen movie, but the way he grapples with it here (leaving each character at a moment of irresolution comparable to staring down the man with the scythe) is much more potent and direct.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Much of the writing is good, and the acting is superb, but the constant wrangling wore me out at times.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

For the most part, everyone struggles through, with at best mixed success. The audience included.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's interesting and worthwhile, with creative vitamins that are absent in so much of what fills the cinemas.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie is forgiving. But the search for happiness is doomed by definition: You must be happy with what you have, not with what you desire, because the cost of the quest is too high.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Frothy but uninvolving. Again.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The movie ends just when complications start to set in, which makes you wonder how invested Allen really is in the little melodramas within this comedy.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Still no signs of the master re-living past glories, but more than worthwhile for Allen diehards.

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Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

Bottom line: It's a good one, fresh, funny and vintage Woody.

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