Crimes and Misdemeanors
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

A somber morality tale and romantic comedy intertwine in this acclaimed Woody Allen film. The film's two narratives, which alternate and ultimately converge, follow a doctor who takes drastic measures to keep an extramarital affair… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The overall 'philosophical' thrust -- that good guys finish last and that crime does pay -- is designed to make the audience feel very wise, but none of the characters or ideas is allowed to develop beyond its cardboard profile.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie's secret strength -- its structure, really -- comes from the truth of the dozens and dozens of particular details through which it arrives at its own very hesitant, not especially comforting, very moving generality.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Nervy and unnerving...arguably the purest expression of Allen's cinematic vision. [Blu-ray]

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Variety Staff

The structural and stylistic conceit is that when Landau is onscreen, the film is dead serious, even solemn, while Allen's own appearance onscreen signals hilarious satire and priceless one-liners.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie generates the best kind of suspense, because it's not about what will happen to people -- it's about what decisions they will reach.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A truly brilliant study of murder and its psychological effects on the people that dare commit it.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Dramatically, the film seldom fulfils its promise, and its pessimistic 'moral' -- that good and evil do not always meet with their just deserts -- looks contrived and hollow. Intriguing and patchily effective, nevertheless.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A relative of Hannah and Her Sisters in its duplex structure and of The Purple Rose of Cairo in its bitter theme, Crimes is two movies in one, a blend of Allen's satiric and pretentious dramatic styles.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Using the paper-thin lead characters as symbols to show how blind people are about themselves and their relationships has little gravitas, but the comedy is stinging.

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Chris Weber
I coincidentally happened to watch this on Woody's birthday, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the man than by watching one of his finest… More
Spencer S.
Somehow this Woody Allen film truly surprised me. There wasn't something I could outright point to and use as an exact example, but this film isn't… More
Red Lats
Perhaps this is a good movie - after all 90% of reviewers like it. I'm in the 10%. Is the world that full of MD's who get away with murder,… More
Anthony Lawrie
Crimes and Misdemeanours threw me a little. It's not exactly the laugh out loud comedy I'd been lead to believe it was. That's the thing with… More
Apeneck Fletcher
"Sleeper" was and has been my favorite Allen film, always light, breezy and fun, but I haven't seen them all and now this dark rumination forces… More
Dan Schultz
A fascinating mash-up of two completely different stories, one considering a family man (Martin Landau) trying to literally bury an extramarital affair he had… More