Love = Zero
Match Point
Review Review by Ross Anthony

This is an awful film. It left me with a bad feeling. While the production enjoys great direction, good acting, even tight dialogue, it's still a rather ucky film - somewhat sad really.

This paragraph may spoil: Match Point is about a seemingly decent guy, talented in his field, quick thinking, handsome and a strong liar. Very likeable though, he lies his way through an affair and even further complications much worse than that. Somewhat to his surprise he is not found out. Rather, he is left free to wrestle with his conscience. But that internal conflict is much too subtle. Its faint suggestion is not near enough to redeem two hours with this sorry man.

I am biased, I prefer films that inspire or at least are inspired. Nary a trace of heart here -- just an empty night at the movies. It's a brain without a heart. With such high quality production, I kept expecting some meat - or at least a sense of humor.

I'm not one to judge the works of actors or writers on their personal lives, and I was actually looking forward to this film. But, unfortunately, I found Match Point laden with the very stuff that has left some people with disdain toward its writer.


  • Coach Carter. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton.
  • Directed by Woody Allen.
  • Screenplay by Woody Allen.
  • Produced by Letty Aronson, Lucy Darwin, Gareth Wiley at BBC Films/Thema/Jada.

Grade..........................C (.5/4)

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