Play It Again, Sam
Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Herbert Ross directed this adaptation of Woody Allen's hit Broadway play concerning a shy film critic who has trouble with women. Woody Allen plays Allan Felix, a writer for Film Quarterly consumed by movies, particularly his favorite… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 4, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

The working out of the parallels with Casablanca are masterly, and there are plenty of good sight gags and one-liners.

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Fernando F. Croce

The cinephile's dilemma (i.e., the "watcher" versus the "doer"), with a nifty central gag

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Mark Bourne

... an affable situation comedy focused on its characters and an extramarital romance that's no more tawdry than white wine served in a red-wine glass.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Maybe the movie has too much coherence, and the plot is too predictable; that's a weakness of films based on well-made Broadway plays. Still, that's hardly a serious complaint about something as funny as Play It Again, Sam."

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Vintage Woody Allen.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Stagey Woody Allen film with Humphrey Bogart spectre for laughs.

Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

Play It Again, Sam, is another demonstration of the comedian's self-obsessed, self-abusive humour. It is almost continuously funny in a brittle way. But the sour, allusive, intellectual witticisms begin to lose their pith

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Matthew Sorrento

Apart from its fantastic elements, Woody's script of Sam finds a deft blend of the comic and romantic.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

I was laughing so hard, it was difficult to breathe.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
A brilliant character study with annoying but loveable characters. At times slow, but overall very sweet, humble and affecting.
Reid Volk
A great little Woody Allen gem. While a little over the top in some scenes, Allen displays an uncanny knack for physical humor. Not only did this movie provide… More
xGary Xx
A neurotic film critic with an obsession with Bogart is divorced by his wife and so spends all of his time with friends who unsuccessfully try to set him up… More
Jennifer Xu
This is such an early Woody Allen film yet it's one of the most polished. (Polished in the sense of a whole movie, not polished in the sense that it barely… More
Kevin M. Williams
Woody Allen in a film (based on his hit Broadway play) about a guy who loves film but cannot reconcile the differences between reel life and real life. His wife… More
Michael Gildea
Funny. Like Woody Allen lite.

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