Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Bullets Over Broadway is a Woody Allen romp that, as the title suggests, combines gangsters with show business at the height of the Roaring Twenties. David Shayne (John Cusack) is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 21, 1994
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gleefully entertaining backstage comedy, Bullets Over Broadway features some of Woody Allen's sharpest, most inspired late-period writing and direction.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The performances, however, are very enjoyable, with first honors going to Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Allen has drawn on autobiographical specifics in other films, but this may be the one in which he speaks most seriously from the heart.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of Woody Allen's flat-out funniest movies.

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Todd McCarthy

A backstage comedy bolstered by healthy shots of prohibition gangster melodrama and romantic entanglements.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

If not bowled over, we're at least won over.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Dianne Wiest elevates even the most esoteric argument in the film to a level of sublime entertainment.

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Time Out

No! Don't speak! See it!

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

One of Allen's best and most revealing comedies, as much a moral meditation as it is dazzling fun.


A sharp, fast, laugh-out-loud comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
One of the top 5 of Allen's extensive repertoire, a gem that's sparkle leaves one feeling smarter and more erudite, rides the old show within a show… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is filled with good, but overrated performances. It's surprisingly slow-paced (and I say surprisingly, because nobody expects a crime… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Let's say there was a burning building and you could rush in and you could save only one thing: either the last known copy of… More
Jennifer Xu
Despite the fact that I spent the entire movie thinking that Dianne Wiest was Olive and Helen was Jennifer Tilly (of which I feel like a huge dumbass, thank you… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Woody's first indie venture outside of studio affiliations just so happens to be his best film of the 90s.
xGary Xx
Likeable low-key 20s gangster comedy penned by Woody Allen in which John Cusack proves he makes a much more likeable protaganist than the man himself. The cast… More