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A clandestine love affair sends one man's charmed life into a tailspin in this dark, disturbing drama written and directed by Woody Allen, his first film set and shot in Great Britain and one his few films sans any humor. Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is an Irish tennis player with an impoverished background. Just accomplished enough to make his way onto the professional circuit, but not skilled enough to be a consistent winner, he now works as an instructor at a London tennis club. The wealthy Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode), who is as impressed by Chris's charm and good looks as he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a nifty little crowd pleaser ..."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Match Point has a coiled, taut energy that's unusual for Allen."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"But, perhaps, the greatest parallel between Woody's Match Point and Hitch is duality. It's a brilliant device."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"Allen merely regurgitates his shrunken vision in veddy-British padding"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... retools the resolution of Crimes and Misdemeanors so its hero, instead of losing his grasp on morality, never even had a hold on morality in the first place."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Match Point isn't one of his truly great films, like Annie Hall or Manhattan, but it's a very good one; a sign that a career that seemed stalled is purring along once more."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"In every scene, Allen's direction is unflinchingly clear-eyed, and it's a pleasure being walked through London at the same unhurried pace that he's taken through Manhattan all these years."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"This lean, mean, surprisingly sultry thriller about fate, luck, greed and guilt is Woody Allen's best since "Mighty Aphrodite." Plus, it boasts a vintage-Allen metaphor of a bobbling tennis ball that, in a great gotcha scene, becomes a damning motif."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A limp, dull, and contrived rehash of "Crimes and MisDemeanors"..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Proves to be an intriguing enough adventure, provided you haven't seen Crimes and Misdemeanors and don't mind rooting for a despicable, amoral philanderer."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Match Point is airless, repetitive."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Johansson finds her own speech rhythms in Allen's arch dialogue, and in the process, gives his film a quality that his recent work has often lacked, the recognizable flutter of a heart beat behind the façade of the character."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"There's no ground here that Allen hasn't gone over before, but as a treatment of upper crust mores and, eventually, as a thriller, it's compulsively watchable and generally well acted."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Just when you were about to give up on Woody Allen, he reinvents himself with a taut tour de force of a film that is unquestionably the best thing he's done in decades."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Match Point proves that Allen, at 70 years old, is very much still in the game."
‑ Jon Frosch, Film Journal International
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