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Cassandra's Dream

Romance . Thriller . Drama . Crime

The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.

Actors: Colin Farrell , Hayley Atwell , Ewan McGregor , Peter-Hugo Daly , Andrew Howard , Ashley Madekwe , Clare Higgins , John Benfield , Philip Davis , Tom Wilkinson , Sally Hawkins
Directors: Woody Allen
Country: USA , UK , FRANCE
Release: 2008-01-18
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  • Kyle Smith

    It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    In thematic terms, Cassandra's Dream could be looked at as a rebuttal to "Crimes and Misdemeanors."

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie is actually a softer treatment of the similar sibling anguish in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." Allen isn't enough of a great dark artist to pull off a full-scale tragedy the way Lumet does.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Allen's latest, Cassandra's Dream, is one of his debonair ''small'' entertainments, the closest that he has come to doing a tidy, no-frills, down-and-dirty genre thriller.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    It is a talkative film, rather earnest in its tonalities, not at all a deft, witty or well-paced. On the other hand, it is, for Allen, a comparatively rare excursion into lower-class life.

    Time Full Review
  • David Denby

    Ewan McGregor’s bright-eyed Ian, following in the footsteps of characters in Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point,” is a study in guilt-free violence. But Colin Farrell’s Terry is something new. Terry is a decent guy with many weaknesses, and, after the crime is committed, Farrell gives him a piteous self-loathing that is very touching.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Woody Allen’s latest excursion to the dark side of human nature, is good enough that you may wonder why he doesn’t just stop making comedies once and for all.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's not Allen's weakest work, not by far. But its impact is shockingly superficial.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    What we get are themes and variations on previous good work, to lessening effect.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • William Arnold

    This 38th Allen film (and third in a row to be set in London) is a drama about two brothers that's so heavy in tone it seems inspired by Greek tragedy and the grimmest '40s film noir.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Allen, who stays behind the camera, brings too little wit and too much contrivance to material that quickly dissolves into warmed-over Dostoevski.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Like so many late-period Allens, it leaves behind the feeling that he's made this movie before, but better.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    An uninspired if perfectly watchable drama.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A psychological thriller in serious need of both psychology and thrills, Cassandra's Dream is a wan, exceedingly minor drama by Woody Allen, who has started to recycle himself in London the way he had long been recycling his New York City pictures.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    The Coen brothers might have pulled this off, but it's out of Allen's faltering reach.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    There's not a believable character, nor line of convincing dialogue to be found.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    Like a tragic overture played at the wrong tempo and slightly off-key, Woody Allen's London-set Cassandra's Dream sends out more mixed signals than an inebriated telegraphist.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is a lame psychological thriller with an obvious story trajectory. It's a wannabe film noir with no atmosphere whatsoever.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Feels like one of Allen's laziest pieces of writing and direction, leaden with heavy metaphor and characters who rarely make it beyond the archetype--marionettes in a miserablist puppet theater.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Allen is obsessed with the notion of getting away with murder, mulling over which personalities can shoulder the psychological burden of killing without remorse, while others crumble under the pressure. The problem is, you don’t feel the human sweat and strain in Cassandra’s Dream, despite game work from Farrell and McGregor.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The identical premise is used in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which is like a master class in how Allen goes wrong.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Allen's latest, his 42nd effort as a director, is the work of an artist devoid of ideas and energy. Perfunctorily staged and lazily written, it comes to life in only the briefest of spurts, usually when the ever-reliable Tom Wilkinson is on-screen.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Cassandra's Dream is not unredeemably bad. MacGregor and Farrell hack away at their implausible dialogue with admirable intensity (though when Terry starts to descend into mental illness, Farrell touches his limits as an actor).

    Slate Full Review
  • Ray Bennett

    As writer, Allen offers lazy plotting, poor characterization, dull scenes and flat dialogue.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    After making his best and smoothest drama (Match Point) in England, Woody Allen returns there for one of his most clueless and awkward, outfitted with a standard-issue Philip Glass score.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The thrills are few and the expository dialogue tediously overwhelming in this preachy cautionary tale about getting too big for one's britches.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Farrell is quite good, though it's hard to buy the Scottish McGregor and the Irish Farrell as brothers. But mostly, the film feels rudderless, almost as if it's been directed on autopilot.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Cassandra's Dream, an earnest meditation on greed, desire, murder and class struggle, is one of Woody Allen's funniest movies in years -- except Allen doesn't know it. Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    At this point, I guess we should just applaud Allen for his work ethic. Even at the ripe, old age of 72, he’s still making movies at the rate of one a year, come rain or come shine. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t make good movies at the rate of one a year. In fact, by my count, he hasn’t made a good movie for almost a decade (1999’s "Sweet & Lowdown").

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Instead of offering a perspective that, at the very least, laments a world where the flow of money hurts otherwise good people, Allen simply pushes the movie into an uncertain sinkhole between morality play and black comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Eric Alt

    Takes a long time to say nothing new, which is a shame because it wastes fine performances across the board (it's a nice reminder that Farrell, can, in fact, act), and, well, a really effective score by Philip Glass.

    Premiere Full Review
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