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Crimes and Misdemeanors
Woody Allen spent most of the 1980s and '90s veering between comedy and drama, and he rarely combined the two with greater success than in Crimes and Misdemeanors, in which he weaved together two stories, one deadly serious, one often funny, both ending in sadness. Martin Landau plays Dr. Judah Rosenthal, a prominent ophthalmologist with a successful practice, a loving family, and a reputation for generous charity work. But Rosenthal also has a secret: his mistress, Dolores (Anjelica Huston). What began as a casual fling has become uncomfortably intimate, and as he tries to break off the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Nervy and unnerving...arguably the purest expression of Allen's cinematic vision. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The result is a frighteningly intelligent, and often hilariously funny whole."
‑ , Film4
"Allen starts with a sketchy premise and after working it through for 107 minutes he still has no more than the premise he started with."
‑ Alan Dale, Blogcritics.org
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A truly brilliant study of murder and its psychological effects on the people that dare commit it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Allen's expertise is evident everywhere."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Intelligent, insightful and funny. One of Woody Allen's best films."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Um discurso filosófico-religioso sobre moralidade e culpa que, por incrível que pareça, não apenas comove como também nos faz rir de maneira surpreendente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This examination of the nature of evil interweaves masterfully comedy and melodrama in equal proportion. Instead of taking a casually brutal approach, Allen dwells on the consequences of sin."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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