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Cassandra's Dream Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 6, 2009
Farrell and McGregor bring much to their roles...to make Cassandra's Dream an effective and chilling ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 6, 2009
It's enough to make you pine for the good old days -- back when life was only partly ironic and Woody was totally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2008
Woody Allen still insists on making movies at the rate of one a year, but he clearly needs to slow down. A lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 18, 2008
These characters not only don't talk like working-class Londoners, they don't talk like anyone.
October 18, 2008
The problem is, you don't feel the human sweat and strain in Cassandra's Dream, despite game work from Farrell and McGregor. There are plenty of ideas and themes and no people of distinctive interest to enliven them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2008
Allen is notorious for not giving his actors explicit instructions, and yet somehow this worked wonders for Farrell, who has never seemed so naked, so clear and so unencumbered as he does here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2008
Although McGregor and Farrell produce some occasionally spirited moments, particularly in the earlier scenes, they are little more than walking and talking schemes, their choices based entirely on socioeconomic impulses.
March 12, 2008
There are shivers of humor from time to time, but the mask in place here is the mask of tragedy.
January 31, 2008
After making his best and smoothest drama (Match Point) in England, Woody Allen returns there for one of his most clueless and awkward.
January 29, 2008
McGregor and Farrell deepen this slight thriller into a film that feels almost grandly philosophical, even though you know that when the lights come on, the spell will break
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 23, 2008
Allen, who stays behind the camera, brings too little wit and too much contrivance to material that quickly dissolves into warmed-over Dostoevski.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2008
There's still some snap in Woody's writing, and still some sharpness to his black humor.
January 18, 2008
This isn't filmmaking; it's thesis defending.
January 18, 2008
[Delivers] a sharply effective jolt of unease. 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2008
A dreary tale of two loser brothers who agree to become assassins in exchange for financial help from their corrupt uncle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2008
[The film] forces its characters to ask themselves what they are able to live with and how far they are willing to go to attain personal happiness. It's a worthwhile theme, except Allen has explored it before, in an infinitely more engrossing manner.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2008
If Frida Kahlo can paint 55 self-portraits, Woody Allen can make several versions of the same movie. It's only fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2008
There's a deceptive simplicity to Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, a directness and clarity that's too rare in modern filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 18, 2008
Funny thing about tragedy: It loses its heft when it has to keep reminding us how tragic it is. It's hard to cozy up to a script that feels the need to toss in casual references to fate and Aristotle. Yo, we get it already. They're doomed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 18, 2008
If all [Woody Allen] is going to do is grind out weak, Brit-accented genre pieces that pay homage to 1940s and '50s melodramas, he shouldn't waste the frequent-flier miles.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 18, 2008
Allen has often been intrigued by the convolutions an ordinary person undergoes when faced with becoming a murderer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 18, 2008
Allen's storytelling is crisper here than it has been all decade, even if he's making shadow puppets out of the forewarnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2008
Cassandra's Dream, 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2008
There's not a believable character, nor line of convincing dialogue to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 17, 2008
Perched uncomfortably between thriller and melodrama, it's a film that hints at possibilities that are left unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 17, 2008
Cassandra's Dream feels rote and inauthentic. Like so many late-period Allens, it leaves behind the feeling that he's made this movie before, but better.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 17, 2008
The impression that lingers is that of an artist clutching fast to yesterday's inspirations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 17, 2008
This tale of two brothers wrenched apart when they act badly is really a testament to its stars, who in this film act very well, and with visible joy. They make working for Woody Allen into a promise fulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 17, 2008
If you must see only one film about a family's downward spiral into despair, it probably should be Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, not Cassandra's Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2008
It's admittedly better than some of Allen's DOA comedies of the past decade. To think that his weak attempt at a morality play represents some return to form, however, is a pipe dream.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
January 15, 2008
With Cassandra's Dream, we may finally be seeing confirmation of what many have suspected for years: that Woody Allen's period of greatness as a filmmaker is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 14, 2008
[Farrell] has done his best work with this performance, and he may have a triumphant career before him as a character actor in difficult roles.
December 17, 2007
What the hell was Woody Allen thinking?
September 8, 2007
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.