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Mystery . Comedy

An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Actors: Christopher Fulford , Robert Bathurst , Jim Dunk , Geoff Bell , Julian Glover , Fenella Woolgar , Charles Dance , Romola Garai , Kevin McNally , Ian McShane , Woody Allen , Hugh Jackman , Scarlett Johansson
Directors: Woody Allen
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2006-07-28
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  • Shawn Levy

    The film is a pleasure that doesn't rank with Allen's best but satisfies far more than most American comedies.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The collision of sleek melodrama and old Woody Allen stand-up routines is at times oddly effective and at other times just odd.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's far from his (Allen) career best, but it's funny and he comes off well.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's really, really funny.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    No more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A light-hearted if ghostly murder mystery that for all the contemporary English locations feels like a 1930s studio film including a plot that bears little scrutiny. Along with the delectable Johansson, the film offers fun roles for Allen, Hugh Jackman and Ian McShane.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Allen's invocation of the "Thin Man" films in an interview makes sense, even if he’s no William Powell and Ms. Johansson is certainly no Myrna Loy. Scoop was made by someone who understands that what makes the "Thin Man" series enduring isn't whodunit and why, but the way Nick and Nora look at each other as they sip their martinis, Asta nipping at their heels.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    An odd but agreeable little comedy.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's the kind of small pleasure that can make you feel intensely grateful. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Johansson is not Allen's new Diane Keaton. She's closer to Mariel Hemingway -- though even Allen couldn't attempt to pull off a romance between his septuagenarian self and a girl in college.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Decidedly minor Woody.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    After the accomplished smoothness of "Match Point," it's back to more ragged form in Scoop, despite the almost identical posh settings, and the return of Scarlett Johansson as leading lady.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The first Allen picture since "Sweet and Lowdown" that doesn't leave a bad odor in its wake.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The rapport between Allen and Johansson (pretending to be father and daughter) is lively, and the variations on the same old jokes are plentiful.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A companion piece to "Match Point" that suffers all the more in comparison.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A blend of lackluster comedy and lazy plotting, the film feels a lot like bad Hitchcock.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Scoop isn't going for complexity. It's a trifle.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    To see Allen, now 70, trying to reclaim the persona he's been handing off is like watching Willie Mays fall down trying to hit a slow curve during his last season. Woody may go on to direct many great films, but it's time for him to retire Alvy Singer.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    For the first time, Allen's trademark shtick sounds less like the anxious kvetching of an endearingly neurotic New Yorker and more like the ramblings of a tired, elderly man fumbling for the right words.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A marginally funny comedy at best, recycles themes, scenes and even lines from Allen's own old movies - like many of Allen's later efforts.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Scoop is distinctly minor Allen, with less weight to it than one of his old humor doodles in The New Yorker.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Rather than providing flashes of one-of-a-kind humor, Allen has reached the point where his critical and movie-going fans are humoring him.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Cobbled together from memorable parts of Allen's own (not to mention Hitchcock's) classics, Scoop doesn't establish its own identity.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The differences between the two movies are, first, that Scoop is a comedy and, second, unlike "Match Point," it's not very good, as Allen also returns to pre-Match Point mediocre form.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    As it is, the film perpetually teeters on the edge between a functional vehicle and a train wreck, and whenever Allen opens his mouth, he pushes it violently in the latter direction.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    So flat, dull, and off form that it seems to have been conceived in a fog. It not only lacks the verve and energy of Allen's best New York–based work, it feels culturally adrift, like some bewildered tourist trying to read a city map held upside down.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Brian Clark

    Years ago, when Allen's inimitable comedy style still seemed fresh, Scoop may have joined the ranks of "Sleeper" and "Take the Money and Run" as a comedy classic. Today it provides a pleasant diversion.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    At this late stage in a long career, Allen might consider not trying to make films like the early, funny ones. Instead he should aim simply to match "Match Point."

    Time Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    What once was a gifted comic's fluid improvisation is now a doddering old man so embarrassing he's uncomfortable to watch, and the surrogate father-daughter needling he has with Johansson is creepy when you realize Woody the director is shooting her seductively in that skintight bathing suit.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    When Allen revives his plodding "Manhattan Murder Mystery" as the even duller Scoop, I snore.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The direction is lazy and the script thoroughly witless, from its token Bergman references to dialogue that suggests a night in borscht-belt hell.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    This gives nobody, least of all me, any pleasure, but a truth must be faced: Scoop is the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Allen doesn't get us to care much about any of the characters here.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Scoop is about 50 minutes of plot padded with 40 minutes of Woody being Woody.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    Allen is wretched. It is no kind of pleasure to say so, especially with the memory of the good things he has done; but here he simply plunks front and center the fact that he cannot act and never could.

    The New Republic Full Review
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