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Writer-director-actor Woody Allen is in prime form in this celebrated comedy in which he portrays a neurotic, highly insecure and indecisive comedy writer who falls head over heels in love with a naive small-town "girl" (Diane Keaton) who wants to be a singer. The opening rounds of their relationship involve every romantic cliche (hilariously re-created by Allen). Keaton's horrified parents snub the nerd-ish city slicker who loves their daughter, but they move in together, anyway. Insecure Allen is so sure he will lose Keaton that he interprets her every move as rejection. As Keaton's self-confidence grows, Allen's progressively fades. Keaton debuts as a singer, is "discovered" by a record tycoon and agrees to move to Hollywood and live with him. Now Allen has really lost her.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 60
- Fresh: 59
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: There will be discussion about what points in the film coincide with the lives of its two stars, but this, I think, is to detract from and trivialize the achievement of the film, which, at last, puts Woody in the league with the best directors we have.
Fresh: Personal as the story he is telling may be, what separates this film from Allen's own past work and most other recent comedy is its general believability.
Fresh: A touching and hilarious love story that is Allen's most three-dimensional film to date.
Fresh: Allen joins the Catskills tummler's anything-for-a-laugh antics with a Eurocentric art-house self-awareness and a psychoanalytic obsession in baring his sexual desires and frustrations, romantic disasters, and neurotic inhibitions.
Still funny and relevant
Normally comedies have a very short shelf life, but the brilliant Woody Allen has made a masterpiece in Annie Hall. The jokes still provoke a laugh, the situations still stand and the spirit of the often pretentious, overly-intellectual and depressively manic still remain horribly funny but ultimately true to life. One of the best Woody Allen films I've had the pleasure of watching. If you only watch one, Annie Hall should be it.
Probably Allen's best work
Allen went from goofball comedy to semi-serious with this movie. It was a transitional movie in his career. This and Play it Again Sam are his best work. Allen's asides to the audience and methods of breaking the barrier between actor and audience work well. Much of his later work tries to recapture the simplicity of this tale.
A beautiful romantic comedy. Woody Allen captures the bittersweet reality of love. Diane Keaton is at her best . Allen also captures the shallow self-absorption of 1970's California. Perfect!