Allen movies have always fared much better in Europe than North America and judging by the comments on this site and the reactions of the audience in the cinema in Geneva, the dichotomy is increasing. The cinema was just about full and the audience loved it. From a European perspective, this is vintage Allen and his best film in a long while. The scene between Leoni and Allen in the bar towards the beginning of the film is an absolute gem. It seems to have been shot in one long take but how they ever got through this scene without cracking up is a mystery. Indeed, as others have remarked, Leoni gives a remarkable performance and the movie glows whenever she and Allen are on screen to-gether. The dialogue is machine gun fast and incredibly funny.
Allen can make movies in many different registers. This is very firmly in the comedy register and is on a par with his best, including Annie Hall.
If you enjoy Allen's movies, then ignore the reviews, give yourself a treat and go see his latest venture.
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