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In the same year that a hit cable television series, The Sopranos, successfully mined the same premise, this comedy about a mobster seeking advice from a psychiatrist was a box office winner for director Harold Ramis. Billy Crystal stars as Dr. Ben Sobel, a New York shrink who's becoming a little bored with his upscale but neurotic clientele. Into Sobel's practice comes a guy with legitimate problems, Mafia kingpin Paul Viti (Robert DeNiro), a godfather who is being reduced to tears and panic attacks by stress and his guilt over his beloved father's assassination. Intimidated but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[De Niro and Crystal] would seem to be perfectly cast as this oddest of odd couples, but something has gone wrong with the comic chemistry."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"What we learn -- yet again -- is that potentially terrific comedies are often whacked by filmmakers who feel the need to spread a little therapy themselves."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Thanks to three very strong writers...and the willpower of its leads, Analyze This turns out to be an amusing piffle. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"It's a one-joke movie, but it's an awfully good joke, told here by experts."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Robert De Niro gets the best out of his performance as the psychologically- challenged gangster."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The comedy is heavy and the use of the stars lazy and cliched..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Moments and lines are so perfect that they linger in the mind."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It all ends in a hail of bullets and profanities -- but the laughs keep coming."
‑ , Film4
"Not since Midnight Run has Mr. De Niro been afforded such a perfect opportunity to flex his comedic muscles."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"In Midnight Run (1988), De Niro and Charles Grodin made a wonderful team, but the pair in Analyze This doesn't seem to click in the same way."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"What De Niro ends up doing is simply burlesquing himself, much as he would do if he were guest-hosting Saturday Night Live."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"It's a treat to watch Robert De Niro -- the goodfella supreme -- tweak every gangster role he's ever played."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Sometimes very funny, but wears its sudden tone swings and flurries of profanities like a pair of cement shoes..."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Even though it's only March, Analyze This is going to be the comedy to beat this year - nothing else so far has come close."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"A witty, upbeat comedy that is more concerned with making its audience laugh than any other of its cinematic virtues (or lack thereof)."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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