Woody Allen has become a film genre unto himself, and his fans should appreciate this beautifully photographed musical-comedy a great deal. The cast is typically stellar, singing wonderful old songs while not going through the usual Allen-scripted arguments and angst. Those who have become a bit weary of Allen's schtick, however, will find nothing new here. The film has even less of a storyline than the director's other recent efforts, it's overlong, and the characters' dialogue all sounds the same -- one could swear that Edward Norton was practicing an Allen imitation for a stand-up routine. The songs are terrific, the movie looks great, but many viewers will continue to be amazed at how many name actors Allen can waste in one film.
by Robert Firsching review