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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Comedy . Drama . Romance

Two married couples find only trouble and heartache as their complicated lives unfold. After 40 years of marriage, Alfie leaves his wife to pursue what he thinks is happiness with a call girl. His wife, Helena, reeling from abandonment, decides to follow the advice of a psychic. Sally, the daughter of Alfie and Helena, is unhappy in her marriage and develops a crush on her boss, while her husband, Roy, falls for a woman engaged to be married.

Actors: Pauline Collins , Jonathan Ryland , Roger Ashton-Griffiths , Rupert Frazer , Anthony Hopkins , Eleanor Gecks , Christian McKay , Neil Jackson , Gemma Jones , Ewen Bremner , Antonio Banderas , Josh Brolin , Naomi Watts
Directors: Woody Allen
Country: USA , SPAIN
Release: 2010-10-22
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  • Calvin Wilson

    Allen has been criticized for leaving some of the plot lines up in the air and several characters in the lurch. But he seems to be making a point: Neat Hollywood endings are as phony and dangerous as Cristal's ramblings.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    It isn't the first time death has figured in an Allen movie, but the way he grapples with it here (leaving each character at a moment of irresolution comparable to staring down the man with the scythe) is much more potent and direct.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    Minor but still quite enjoyable. And like other minor Woody Allen pictures it becomes more interesting when placed in their larger context.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It offers the small delight of watching a master step back from more ardent work to put together a diverting miniature. And in the scheme of things, that's actually more of an accomplishment than it might sound. Minor Mozart, after all, is still pretty darned good.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    There are enough pleasantries and good jests in this new film to make a meal.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Bottom line: It's a good one, fresh, funny and vintage Woody.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    This kinder, gentler Allen is still clever, still amusing, and the film itself is a confection tempting enough to consider a taste. Yet there is that empty-calorie letdown after it's over. Maybe it's time to book another trip to Spain.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Good and very pleasurable provided you know what you're getting into, which is a comic roundelay of amorous ambitions and delusions-punctuated by wistful old ballads like "If I Had You"-that lead mostly but not entirely to disaster.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Denby

    Much of the writing is good, and the acting is superb, but the constant wrangling wore me out at times.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    Hardly a laff riot, but then that's been true of Allen's movies for a while. It is, however, briskly cynical about human nature, graciously forgiving about human foibles, and situationally amusing about the spectacles otherwise sane people make of themselves when they trust their fates to the stars.

    NPR Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is forgiving. But the search for happiness is doomed by definition: You must be happy with what you have, not with what you desire, because the cost of the quest is too high.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Has an empty, soulless feel.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Although there are moments of humor in the film, many of them supplied by the delightful Jones, there are also long stretches of, um . . . "blah" might be the best word for it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The best scenes are hilarious sessions between the great Gemma Jones and the wonderful Pauline Collins as a charlatan fortune-teller.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie ends just when complications start to set in, which makes you wonder how invested Allen really is in the little melodramas within this comedy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The talented cast fails to gel into a dynamic ensemble.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's a meandering and rather aimless movie that would be considered trite if made by another filmmaker, and yet it has such a family resemblance to other, better Woody Allen movies that it's easy to stick with it and enjoy it.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Slight and only sporadically amusing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Shopworn to the bone.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Three words: Late Woody Allen. In the autumn of his career, toiling exclusively in Europe, Woody is like an aging cabinet maker still blessed with craft but grown erratic in design.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    That You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is not more dull is due in large part to the adorably flamboyant Punch (late of Dinner for Schmucks and Hot Fuzz).

    Village Voice Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    For the most part, everyone struggles through, with at best mixed success. The audience included.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Fitfully amusing and nearly saved by its distinguished cast.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Like the worst of late-period Allen, the film recycles character types from his previous work without inventing new reasons to summon them into existence. They're left stranded, seven characters in search of an author.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It's a highbrow romantic farce, without the laughs.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A mirthless, joyless comedy with nary a hint of romance, mystery or justification for its existence.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The paltry theme is that we can't predict the future, but I spent part of the time calculating how many more feeble movies Allen will make, based on his productivity rate (one per year), his batting average (four duds for every success), his current age (74), and his father's longevity (Martin Konigsberg lived to be 100). Are you ready for 20 more remakes of "Manhattan"?

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    In practice, and played as farce, the characters are one-dimensional cutouts kept at a dogged remove. Their miseries are a bore – maybe to Allen, too, who abruptly ends the film, after so much inaction, when it finally catches some dramatic traction.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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