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About the Movie
Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is an Irish tennis player with an impoverished background. Just accomplished enough to make his way onto the professional circuit, but not skilled enough to be a consistent winner, he now works as an instructor at a London tennis club. The wealthy Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode), who is as impressed by Chris's charm and good looks as he is by his game, takes a tennis lesson from the young man. Chris's intelligence and wit also make a strong impression on Tom's pretty sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer), who soon falls for him. It isn't long before Chris and Chloe are engaged to be married, a match that pleases both Tom and his father, Alec (Brian Cox), a successful businessman who believes Chris has a bright future in his firm. However, Chris also feels an overwhelming attraction to Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson), a sexy blonde from the United States who is dating Tom. Though Nola initially puts up some resistance, Chris gently nudges her in the direction of an affair. Passion soon ignites between the two, and they have a one-time sexual encounter, even as Chris and Chloe plan their wedding. Nola resists, however, when Chris makes additional attempts to wheedle her into bed. Nola drops out of Chris's life shortly before his wedding, but a chance meeting a few months later resurrects the relationship as Chris and Chloe try to start a family.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 210
- Fresh: 161
- Rotten: 49
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It has Woody's humor and subtlety; no British bluntness here. The acting is first-cabin all the way. And it's genuinely moving. Move it to the top of your must-see list.
Fresh: Allen has finally emerged as something of a storyteller and a stylist.
Fresh: In every scene, Allen's direction is unflinchingly clear-eyed, and it's a pleasure being walked through London at the same unhurried pace that he's taken through Manhattan all these years.
Rotten: Match Point is airless, repetitive.
Why is this movie not for rent?
I loved the plot and the twist associated with the movie. Woody Allen and his cast did an amazing job with this film. Very Alfred Hitchcock-like.
Best of the best
I have to start this by stating that I loathe Johansson and am one of the biggest Woody Allen fans of all time. I put off watching this movie (despite adoring Allen's films) until 2014 because of my thoughts about her acting. I feel that she plays vapid roles that are empty and without merit. That being said, I have to admit......I fell in love with her over the course of this film. Yes, she is still playing the 'victim' in many ways but her character is so incredibly well rounded and well played. The scene outside of the office building is heartbreaking and literally brought tears to my eyes. Overall, this film is a tragic and amazing portrayal of love, lust, greed, envy, and eventually wrath. To me THIS is Allen's finest film......
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