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Black-and-white Sven Nykvist cinematography highlights this Woody Allen comedy about fame and obscurity among Manhattan celebs. Journalist Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh), makes a play for actress Nicole Oliver (Melanie Griffith), subject of his current story. Lee is separated from his wife Robin (Judy Davis), a schoolteacher who's totally lost and insecure -- until TV producer Tony Gardella (Joe Mantegna) becomes fascinated with her. Concerned about her possible sexual inadequacies, Robin recruits a prostitute (Bebe Neuwirth) to instruct her on oral sex techniques. On the town, Lee becomes… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"technically, the b/w film is impressive, but the tale is shallow and diffuse and has little to say about our media- saturated life and obsession with fame."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The movie is filmed in black-and-white, but it's a far cry from his love poems Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose. Celebrity is smaller, more cramped."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"What exactly do we learn about our society? That it is one where just about every celebrity is willing to appear in a Woody Allen film."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A winning and often hilarious comedy that delves into the lives of the rich, the famous and the struggling."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Celebrity is about the tiny planets revolving around Hollywood's many suns, trying to absorb some heat. It's a cold universe nonetheless."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Pinpoints the excessive role of celebrities in American culture."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Wears out its welcome long before it fizzles out."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
"Incisive observation of contemporary values and mores, delivered with a lot of laughs."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"Allen is something of a heartless director with actors, to the extent that it is somewhat bewildering that so many actors profess to want to work with him."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Nothing that hasn't been said a million times before."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Too few of the jokes worked."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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