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Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway is a Woody Allen romp that, as the title suggests, combines gangsters with show business at the height of the Roaring Twenties. David Shayne (John Cusack) is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work, but quickly abandons that stance when his producer (Jack Warden) finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however: the backer is a mobster (Joe Viterelli) who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his dizzy, talent-free girlfriend, Olive (Jennifer Tilly). Shayne also has to deal with the demands of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performances, however, are very enjoyable, with first honors going to Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Allen has drawn on autobiographical specifics in other films, but this may be the one in which he speaks most seriously from the heart."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One of Woody Allen's flat-out funniest movies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[A] deft period farce, his most enjoyable movie in years."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Essentially a backstage comedy about artists and gangsters in 1920s New York, the film doesn't break any new ground but it's pleasantly amusing and benefits from charming turns from Diane Wiest as the grand dame and John Cusack as the young artist."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A backstage comedy bolstered by healthy shots of prohibition gangster melodrama and romantic entanglements."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If not bowled over, we're at least won over."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Dianne Wiest elevates even the most esoteric argument in the film to a level of sublime entertainment."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Woody Allen at his finest. Wiest is sensational."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"You can watch Bullets Over Broadway with the sound off and have a thrilling time. You can listen to it from the next room and achieve total bliss."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"No! Don't speak! See it!"
‑ , Time Out
"One of Allen's best and most revealing comedies, as much a moral meditation as it is dazzling fun."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A sharp, fast, laugh-out-loud comedy."
‑ , Film4
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"One of Allen's best. Don't speak!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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