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Match Point

Match Point

2005
Romance
Drama
2h 4m
Match Point is a drama about ambition and obsession, the seduction of wealth, and the often discordant relationship between love and sexual passion. Perhaps most importantly, however, the story reveals the huge part luck plays in the events of our lives, refuting the comforting misconception that more of life is under our control than really is. (Dream Works Pictures)
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Match Point

2005
Romance
Drama
2h 4m
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Rated 07 May 2007
5
91st
What a gut-wrenching movie. My stomach was in knots for about the last hour of the film. I knew going in what the big plot point was, but that didn't make it any less tense and gripping. You can't help but feel that any minute, a single thread will unravel and the entire thing will come crashing down on Chris. A hell of a drama/thriller, with some effective dark comedic elements and a really strong philosophical statement about luck.
Rated 25 Sep 2009
91
82nd
A huge comeback from Allen after countless years of deterioration. A gut-wrenching, heart-throbbing and afflictive thriller with many complicated logics and statements about luck and death. Chris's predicaments and challenges bring on almost deadly dismay. A high point in Woody's career as far as his recent decline goes.
Rated 09 Aug 2008
90
64th
(High score based on the fact I thought it was a well-done movie, but n ot that I *liked* it!)
Rated 13 Mar 2008
91
93rd
The first good film out of Woody Allen in a long while, and what could possibly prove to be his last best effort. The plot direction is fairly easy to see before too long, but what makes the movie exceptional is the sense of dread Allen instills in everything. The tension mounts to the point where the film is physically uncomfortable to watch and I just wanted it to be over with -- and yet, that's the highest compliment I can pay it. Outstanding.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
86th
The pace is about as slow as real life, which was the intention. While the effect works it doesn't fix the fact the the first half the the movie seems to just be exposition for the second half.
Rated 08 Feb 2009
85
73rd
My exposure to Allen's recent output is limited, but this seems to me like an attempt on his part to return to the kind of film he was making in the 80's. This is a movie that creeps up on you and gets under your skin, from the unassuming start to the chilling ending. I'm glad Woody didn't cast himself as someone's quirky American stepfather or something, 'cause he showed here -- as he has done before -- that he's perfectly capable of making serious dramas with storytelling at the forefront.
Rated 23 Aug 2016
45
19th
The performance of Rhys Myers is more wooden than my old chap when I'm looking at Scarlett Johansson
Rated 24 Apr 2012
30
32nd
I'm not an Allen fan, but decided it was high time I gave him another go, starting with a fairly recent movie that came highly recommended. Unfortunately, I found Match Point to be a tired, by-the-numbers thriller with cookie cutter characters driving a Ford Pinto plot, taking every expected turn down the cobbled avenues of Richie Richville...up until the last curve, when instead of turning down the road to Hollywood redemption, the car veers off a cliff and explodes into a ball of fiery bliss.
Rated 14 Mar 2008
90
99th
I think that its great when a film actually opens with a thesis statement; in this case that luck is the controlling force of our lives. There's a lot more to this film than that, with influences from opera, Dostoevsky and some modern nihilism, there's a lot of nuance to each scene that can only be gained through repeated viewing. Some people may find the acting to be a bit wooden, but it seems appropriate to the characters; in a way a commentary on artifice.
Rated 25 Jun 2014
84
81st
The most un-Woody Woody movie I've seen, and how refreshing after watching 3-4 of his recent forays into Europe masquerading as theatrical films. An actual plot...tension...story advancement...wow! Ran across it randomly on a Sunday afternoon and stuck through it all while I waited and waited for it to take an abrupt, lame turn. To my surprise, it only got better as the main character continued his spiral into total and irredeemable depravity.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
84th
A magnificently composed, brutally dark satire of bourgeois culture. It's complex, pretty-looking, and intense. I'm an irrational Woody Allen fan, but I feel this is easily one of his finest achievements.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
14th
Awfully boring and predictable, with one single "oh I'm so clever" twist towards the end.
Rated 05 May 2008
5
80th
There's stuff I'm not crazy about here, but then i recall Johansson. Goddamn. Not just how ridiculously hot she is, but the acting chops as well.
Rated 28 Aug 2011
60
53rd
The Talented Mr. Ripley anyone? But really, the suspense lasts maybe two minutes, but by that time you already know what is going to happen and everything leading up to that point is just a waste. I will give it credit that the ending was a lot of fun, although nonetheless it still suffers from the "Woody Allen effect."
Rated 18 Jul 2012
77
87th
The weak link here is Rhys Meyers, he's serviceable but not great. With a stronger lead this would have been fantastic.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
8
78th
I thought everything was unfolding too fast at the start, and felt everything had been said by the 45-minute mark but it managed to turn things around in a surprising and satisfying way. One of Woody's best.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
98
97th
One of Woody's best, right up there with "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
Rated 08 Sep 2008
100
96th
I was on the edge of my seat, which clearly means that Match Point was a success. Certainly it's the best Allen movie of the '00's. This movie stands totally apart from everything else in Allen's filmography, showing that the man still has it in him to innovate. That's so refreshing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
80th
Good movie, well played by all actors and actresses. Music is absolutely perfect throughout. You find yourself clutching the seat you're sitting in, or the person sitting next to you, as the tense situation gets more tense. And whether you regard it as a happy or sad ending is regardless - it's still good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
69th
Last third is a knockout.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
The drama half of Crimes and Misdemeanors moved to Britain and blown up into a feature, and coincidentally one of Allen's best films in years and years. Posh and nasty, with great dialogue, some stomach churning suspense, and Scarlett Johansson at her hottest.
Rated 12 Nov 2012
60
24th
Crimes and Misdemeanors with a cast that trades talent for youth and looks.
Rated 06 Apr 2012
8
60th
This would've received a damn perfect score if anyone was cast other than Rhys Meyers.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
10
98th
I love this movie. It is the best Woody Allen movie that he doesn't star in and his personal favorite. Rhys Meyer is a little out manned in the acting department but he's still suitable enough to make it work. Awesome movie.
Rated 02 Sep 2011
87
81st
Some men will go to astonishing lengths to preserve reputation and retain luxury. This movie had my stomach in knots for over an hour, nearly making me sick from the tension - but that's praise. One heck of a sexy, nihilistic thriller with a plausible premise and dynamite ending. The operatic music is used to tremendous effect, giving these acts of infidelity and depravity an air of high class; fitting as it parallels the monetary comfort of high society against the dangerous power of seduction.
Rated 16 Jul 2011
78
88th
Quite possibly Woody Allen's best film of the aughties? I appreciated the buildup more than I did the climax, which seemed to kind of shift into a different genre, not so seamlessly. But for the most part it's really well-written and engaging, and not smart-alecky or saccharine or trite like some of the other later works by Allen.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
62
17th
Film-lite. I can't deny the character development made it compelling, but compare it to say, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and it just seems pathetic and unnecessary. (What's going on? Are people just googoo over Woody and his rara Dostoevsky allusions?). And that's forgiving it the crummy acting and gimmicky pretense about "luck." gngh, regret staying up late for this. It's sanitised masturbation fodder for anglophiles and bored housewives, complete with cloyingly neutral colour palette.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
44th
A pretty straight-forward story with sex and love and passion thrown in. It would've gotten a lower grade had Johansson not kept me as captivated as she did.
Rated 30 Apr 2009
88
78th
Great performances help this piece move along to the stunning climax.
Rated 20 Nov 2015
88
50th
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Rated 12 May 2008
90
73rd
dostoyevski meets english aristocracy, result: five stars of five.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
75
79th
A great little morality tale. In many ways, dovetails with the earlier Woody Allen film, Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Rated 16 Nov 2010
90
56th
Nice, nice idea behind it! A great example of irony, if I may say.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
80
85th
An ingenious, twisted and sexy thriller by Woody Allen that is undoubtedly among his finest works.
Rated 19 Nov 2007
78
67th
The pacing was a little slow at first but sped up to a truly gripping finish.
Rated 24 May 2008
67
25th
It looks like a Crimes and Misdemeanors leftover.
Rated 06 Sep 2011
15
0th
I was a casual Woody Allen fan until I saw this movie (really enjoyed Radio Days) - after that I started to understand why my wife can't stand him. The main character is a scumbag from what I remember. I'm sure some film elitist might tell me I need to watch it again, but I was almost sickened by some parts, mainly the ending, so I'll pass.
Rated 14 Apr 2009
85
77th
Dark Woody. Nice.
Rated 01 Jul 2020
25
3rd
All I remember about this film is Jonathan Rhys Meyers trying to be Jude Law - I wonder if Allen had Law in mind for the role of Chris - and terrible sex scenes. At least Johansson has a presence that demands the viewer's attention, about the only redeeming aspect of the film.
Rated 28 Jan 2012
82
71st
One of the crowning glories of the decade. Justified by strong performances from the highly talented cast, great direction from Woody Allen and an ingenious and exhilarating plot. This truly is a masterpiece, and an instant favourite.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
42
17th
Simply lame. The first act is stellar, and then it all goes to hell with a retread of "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (a film I dislike in the first place) with a ludicrous twist that is completely out of character.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
75th
Is it sheer luck that decides your fate, or is it your talent or intentions? And what is it that makes your life worth living - love and passion, or financial and social success?
Rated 29 Dec 2009
80
87th
enjoyable and unpredictable. One of Woody Allen's best movies.
Rated 22 Jul 2022
7
70th
Holds up. Jonathan Rhys Meyers doesn't exactly pop off the screen with movie star charisma, but it pays off when his character pretty much becomes a dead-inside psycho. Despite how much time is left on the clock after the murders take place, this doesn't spin its wheels as much as most other 100+ minute Woodys do. The twist with the ring made me laugh my ass off when I first saw this. Still one of my favorite preposterous reveals out there.
Rated 31 Dec 2008
15
43rd
Rated 05 Aug 2010
40
31st
I think it slow and boring
Rated 08 Apr 2008
85
90th
Mmmmmh.. Johnathan Rhys Meyers ..
Rated 19 Jan 2013
75
78th
Suspenseful Woody Allen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
78th
Match Point is Allen's most bleak film, full of conflicted loyalties and a skewed sense of morality that is disturbing yet fascinating at the same time. Carnal passions and morbid thoughts are all in the mix, and, as it also is in the game of tennis that is regularly alluded to in the film, love means zero.
Rated 02 Mar 2013
7
68th
Treads along slowly, but is ultimately rewarding.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
75
79th
Getting away with murder.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
80
87th
As dramas go, this has to be one of the best I've seen in quite a while. Maybe it's just because of Scarlett Johannson... but I liked it.
Rated 03 Feb 2017
70
73rd
Great film, down-to-earth but it gets twisted, with nice acting. The ending is memorable even 2 years later.
Rated 17 Nov 2007
80
51st
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Well written, and the acting is excellent.
Rated 11 Feb 2022
62
36th
Story is good but it has a very big hole. How did the police not discover that Nola was pregnant? Other than that, pace is a real problem. First 90 minutes are boring and repetitive. Last 30 are great. Dialogue quality is nowhere near Allen's best. However, there are some great dialogues: the one on luck which is also movie's main theme, quote from Sophocles, etc.
Rated 28 May 2021
60
42nd
Half the movie was close to grating, and numerous characters were. I would have not watched had I checked who made it
Rated 02 Feb 2011
28
12th
It's a thriller for maybe 5 minutes. There's one clever little thing in there, but other than that, there is no tension (seriously, how does anyone find it suspenseful? It doesn't even try to be, for crying out loud!), the story doesn't hold up, and it's dull.
Rated 24 Jul 2007
50
24th
Could have been better. The timing and pacing was all wrong; Allen should have taken direction in this regard from some of the literary works from which he derived the story. Dostoevsky put the murder early in his story for a reason, and it would have served this film well to have it earlier as well. I thought some of the acting could have been better, too, especially from Johansson.
Rated 28 Nov 2008
85
43rd
SENSUAL
Rated 17 May 2008
75
48th
COULD NOT believe what Jonathan Rhys Meyers does to solve his little problem.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
44th
Not bad - but not great, either. Less enjoyable than Deconstructing Harry for instance, probably the best late-Allen film.
Rated 06 Nov 2011
88
90th
"Men always seem to wonder. They think I'd be something very special."
Rated 06 Oct 2010
82
96th
The movie successfully draws you into the seductive world of the wealthy, helping you understand the motivations behind certain characters so that you end up genuinely rooting for the "bad guy". Despite being riddled with flaws (too long, whiny dialogue and weak acting from Scarlett Johansson in an otherwise decent cast), the movie leaves you strangely satisfied with an unashamedly amoral tale.
Rated 19 Aug 2015
90
39th
"MATCH POINT is a drama about a young man's rise in society and the terrible consequences of his ambition. The protagonist is torn between two women, and finding no way out, resorts to extreme action. The actors are all English, and it is set amongst the English upper class with Scarlett Johansson playing the beautiful American girl who comes between Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his wife Emily Mortimer. Matthew Goode is Emily's wealthy brother who initiates the tragic events."
Rated 23 Jan 2008
50
39th
Not that tricky story.
Rated 05 Nov 2016
92
96th
Thrilling drama coupled with beautiful people.
Rated 06 Jul 2010
82
77th
Sometimes the ball does not go over the net, and you lose. Sometimes it does, and you win. The murderer gets away, and justice is not served. The usual.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
83
25th
A complicated and sophisticated drama with an organic structure and many ways to interpret the characters, up until the ending wherein Woody Allen tells you exactly what the message is.
Rated 19 Apr 2019
61
14th
*insert tennis joke*
Rated 01 Sep 2010
91
90th
Just a phenomenal movie. Interesting parallels with Allen's Crime and Punishment. Like a more nihilistic Hitchcock.
Rated 19 Feb 2008
80
59th
A little long, a little overly-intricate, but enjoyable & not predictable. Might be (even) more interesting for opera buffs, since there's a strong opera motif running throughout the movie.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
75
63rd
The screenplay has some brilliant scenes but the best thing about this film is Miss Scarlett Johansson.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
75
59th
This was actually rather surprising. I hadn't expected to like the film so much, but it is charming in it's own way.
Rated 19 Sep 2012
91
96th
Woody Allen does Hitchcock and does it real well. Simply an amazing film that keeps you entertained till the end.
Rated 04 Nov 2010
44
54th
#00s(m)#, reviews, story, (dir/writer Allen), Scarlett J!
Rated 29 Jun 2007
85
67th
Woody's best film after a very long gap. Well-acted, and immediately gripping.
Rated 19 May 2008
84
86th
half way though this movie i was thinking to myself, why the hell did that guy tell me it was good, who could think this is good? it's like a turd floating around in a sewer that grows up to be the first fecal body in mars, yeah it's that bad/good. when all is said and done it's better off ending with the good part, that way it leaves the impression that the entire thing was good.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
70
38th
7/9/9 - Every scene is solid, except for a few important ones - the early encounters between Meyers and Johansson are shocking - overacted and overdramatic with incredibly cheesy dialogue. The pacing is great, and Meyers pulls off a great performance - creating a character who is both charming and unlikeable, yet who manages to grip the viewers attention. Nesbitt's cameo as a cop is a real plus.
Rated 16 Aug 2020
70
73rd
Woody Allen's best movies tend to be the ones wherein his characters, much like himself, are complete monsters. This is no exception; Rhys Meyers makes the most of what he's given with a properly dull performance, and the setting/casting accentuate the story in proper and subtle ways. this movie would be significantly shittier had Allen gotten his wish to film it in the Hamptons. a definitive work in the Americans Are Better People Than the British canon
Rated 07 Oct 2009
79
57th
Well made although extremely infuriating.
Rated 05 Jun 2012
40
54th
It's Woody Allen so it's always going to be solid. Lacks that certain something I love in his better films. I'm not even sure what that something is, I just know this didn't have it.
Rated 18 Dec 2008
83
78th
Good movie, good acting, gets you involved, oh, and gorgeous scarlett.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
1st
Terrible acting, incredibly cheesy sex scenes, and a handy slaughtering of a motif ripped right from The Talented Mr. Ripley. The poor excuse for a twist ending seems to be the only reason this film is acclaimed. Imagining Woody Allen writing it makes it far creepier.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
21st
Remarkable only for its differences from other Woody Allen films. John Rhys Meyers is defenitley not a good enough actor for this challenging a role.
Rated 25 Jul 2013
2
46th
It's OK, I quite liked it but everything's a bit too... the actors try a bit too hard, the dialogue's a bit too formal, the music's a bit too dramatic, the sex scenes a bit too filmic and the call-back waaaaaay too obvious.
Rated 23 Aug 2012
87
87th
Rhys Meyers is arguably empty in his performance, but that's not what this is about. This is an almost verbatim retouch of The Idiot until things get contemporary towards the finale. This is about the burden of guilt and the indifference that we really deal with. In this modern age, we are groomed with a moral coding but, going against the grain for personal gain, we should realize there is no great balancing act. This is all yin, do you wish there was a yang?
Rated 22 Aug 2013
7
49th
0_o Definitely not what I'd thought it was going to be about... I really can't decide if I enjoyed this movie or just plain hated it.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
60
43rd
Well I liked it!
Rated 26 Oct 2012
92
99th
* Casting, Acting : 9 * Script : 10 * Directing, Aura : 8 * Ease of Viewing : 10 * Naked Eye : 9
Rated 04 Feb 2009
88
91st
Woody Allen is the reason why I don't hate the jews.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
38
12th
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this was definitely not it. Woody Allen has gone for an "unaffected" vibe with stilted dialogue produced to sound like a handy-cam soundtrack. A good movie has characters we care about, or at least care what happens to; these characters failed to give us any reason to do so. I had reached my final straw and was about to turn it off, but it only had 10 minutes to go, so I suffered through it. That 2 hours (felt like 4) of my life I'll never get back.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
75
69th
This movie is hit-or-miss. I personally think it's very well done with the artistic shots and character development. The acting isn't Oscar-worthy, but the movie in its entirety, with its intricacies proved to be not only entertaining but thought-provoking. But, and there's a but, other times, when I watch this movie with other people... it's not as good. Not as brilliant as earlier Woody Allen films, but definitely the best in a long while.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
85th
Tense and enthralling. The best Woody Allen movie in years.
Rated 23 Aug 2010
77
81st
The first half was quite slow, necessary, but could've been done better. The second half more than made up for it. I'm glad I didn't give up on it halfway through.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
71st
Some good ideas in this variation on one of the themes of CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, but the male lead is weak and this viewer wasn't so taken with the female lead either (compared to how others seem to feel).
Rated 02 Jun 2016
100
70th
we can't underestimate the effect of chance on our lives if we expect to succeed on something. there is no much word to say about woody allen who shows his own sense of humor and the world with full of irony created by him
Rated 19 Nov 2008
96
96th
I really enjoyed this gem from Woody Allen. Up there with "Crimes and Misdemeanors (sp.)" in my opinion. Had me on the edge of my seat at the end. Highly recommended.
Rated 09 Aug 2010
85
59th
With such a slow pace, Allen is able to allow the tension to build naturally as the story develops, which puts you on the edge of your seat by the end. It's not until we see the beautiful scene that ties us back in with the opening shot that the film becomes something truly great, though. At that point we realize Allen still has it.
Rated 07 Jun 2011
83
68th
Solid flick, nice acting and a compelling plot.
Rated 02 Apr 2024
67
33rd

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