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Match Point
Academy Award® Nominee
A drama about ambition, the seduction of wealth, love, and sexual passion. Perhaps most importantly, however, the story reveals the huge part luck plays in events, refuting the comforting...  View more >

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emily Mortimer...  View more >

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Feb 10, 2006
On my top 10 list of 2005.
Mar 2, 2006
"Match Point" is not only woody Allen most daring movie, but also his most dramatic movie since the 1978 movie "Interiors." This movie is about two tennis players whose one's affair leads to murder. Scarlett Johansson gave the best performance ever as the jitted lover who is out the get the father of her unborn baby. The heart and soul of this movie belongs to Johansson.
Aug 3, 2006
I've never seen a Woody Allen movie before Match Point, but it would seem from the reviews that I've read that this movie is unlike most of his others, so perhaps I have yet to fully appreciate Allen's talent.

That aside, however, I enjoyed Match Point, but more for the performances delivered by the main characters than for the elegance of the storytelling or style/tone of the movie. In fact, the pacing toward the end of the movie is probably the weakest point of the production, when the story takes a drastic turn and the characters involved haven't exactly progressed from point A to point B in the mind of the viewer to the point where they could take such a drastic step to solve their problems.

Perhaps that's the fault of the actor by not conveying the character properly in order to make the audience believe that he is capable of making that jump. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is probably the weakest performer in a great cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, and Brian Cox. Johansson is one of the most captivating actresses working today, but Mortimer definitely holds her own as the polar opposite of everything that the other's character represents. The other supporting roles are done perfectly, to the point where you felt as though you were eavesdropping on the actual lives of the rich Hewett family.

Even with the sharp turn near the end, the movie ends on a good note. What started as a simple story of love and ambition turns into a tale worthy of Edgar Allen Poe.

Is it one of the best movies of its time? Perhaps.

Is it worth seeing? Yes, I'd recommend it.

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