Crimes and Misdemeanors
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Considered an important entry in filmmaker Woody Allen's body of work, and certainly one of his most interesting pieces, Crimes and Misdemeanors is an alternately comical and dramatic examination of scruples as it follows two parallel… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 13, 1989
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Dark Woody Allen comedy-drama about adultery, murder.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Nervy and unnerving...arguably the purest expression of Allen's cinematic vision. [Blu-ray]

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A truly brilliant study of murder and its psychological effects on the people that dare commit it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I coincidentally happened to watch this on Woody's birthday, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the man than by watching one of his finest… More
Spencer S.
Somehow this Woody Allen film truly surprised me. There wasn't something I could outright point to and use as an exact example, but this film isn't… More
Red Lats
Perhaps this is a good movie - after all 90% of reviewers like it. I'm in the 10%. Is the world that full of MD's who get away with murder,… More
Dan Schultz
A fascinating mash-up of two completely different stories, one considering a family man (Martin Landau) trying to literally bury an extramarital affair he had… More
Kevin M. Williams
"Sleeper" was and has been my favorite Allen film, always light, breezy and fun, but I haven't seen them all and now this dark rumination forces… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
"A stranger defecated over my sister."