Scoop (1987)

William Boot (Michael Maloney) is a naive columnist covering a war in Africa. Lord Copper: Donald Pleasence. Salter: Denholm Elliott. Julia: Nicola Pagett. Katchen: Renee Soutendijk. Baldwin: Herbert Lom.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Alarmingly, some of Woody Allen's highly strung performance enhancing gestures rub off on Scarlett Johansson in this bizarre misfire from Allen, who hasn't even noticed that his plot doesn't hold water.

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Angela Baldassarre

With "Scoop," his newest 'comedy,' Allen has once again proven that he doesn't give a damn about the audience by recycling familiar and lazy material in his signature self-indulgent style.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

What was surprising, however, was how sloppily it had been put together and how many holes there were in the story.

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Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Last year's Match Point marked a surprising return to vital filmmaking form for Woody Allen, but that movie had the distinct advantage of not being a comedy.

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Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

Scoop is reminiscent of several of Woody Allen's films, but in a strange way, it harks back to films that were neither great nor lousy -- and like those films, it is an enjoyable diversion.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The actual murder mystery often takes a back seat to the comedy and drives to a rather predictable end, but it is the getting there that is all the fun.

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