Woody Allen: A Documentary
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Woody Allen: A Documentary
Robert Weide's profile of Woody Allen chronicles Allen's career from his days writing for Sid Caesar in the 1950s to the present. Featuring footage of him at home and on a movie set, the documentary also includes a tour of his childhood haunts in Brooklyn and remarks from Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, and Mira Sorvino. ~ Jeff Gemmill, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a collaborative effort with Woody (who, unusually, looks happy to be interviewed), so we see him at home (showing off a typewriter he bought for $40 at 16), writing on his bed and standing outside his childhood home in Brooklyn."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"For film lovers with a general awareness of Allen's work, this is a richly-rewarding, insightful documentary which can only make more of them want to become super fans."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Allen is endearing in his belief that any of his success has been a happy accident and that he has yet to make a great film that will stand the test of time."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A breezy distillation of Allen's body of work, if inevitably glossing over his colourful personal life."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"How disappointing."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
"The story of Woody Allen, however, is ripe for a 'ripped from the headlines!' movie, which is why it's so nice to see rather a respectful, unsensationalised documentary on him."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Woody Allen: A Documentary is an advertorial for Allen's immense back catalogue of work and an affirmation of his reemergence as a filmmaking powerhouse in the last decade."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"This documentary is a pleasure, though we don't get too far beneath the surface."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"I could have watched this armada forever. The clips alone, from Sleeper, Annie Hall, Zelig and others, pageant his greatness."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"An engaging and enjoyable film that's a treat for Woody Allen fans. Recommended."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Appropriately fawning."
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
"It's not a film to be missed."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"There is more to Woody Allen: A Documentary than its modest title suggests, although perhaps not quite enough to justify swapping that "a" for "the"."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"It is guaranteed to drive audiences back to his films for repeat viewings; no bad thing as far as this reviewer is concerned."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"The doco only offers some insights, but even a minor glimpse into the notoriously private life of Allen is a treat."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
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