Allen revisited a sixties play he wrote in this television adaptation that plays dated and so very shrill. The main problem other than it being hopelessly out of date is the fact that it is just not funny. Production qualities are fine but the scripting and shrillness in performance sink it pretty quickly. Pretty awful compared to the filmography mind you its still better than 'Anything Else'.
1.5 Deservedly overlooked in my view. In the first five minutes it's pretty terrible: jarring voiceover, awful camera work and Michael J Fox reworking his Growing Pains role. It feels like an amateur student production. Then Woody appears and he's slightly funny, even if he overdoes it. But having to listen to the voice of Marge Simpson? No thank you. The acting for the Soviet roles is just embarrassing. Avoid.
I know Allen is known for making films on a Sine curve of quality, but I was truly surprised just how low a trough on that curve can become. The slapstick comedy applied in the film seems ill defined and obtuse. I would only bother watching if you feel the need to see everything Allen has produced.
An enjoyable comedy with a few brilliant jokes. It's a screwball comedy, very much influenced by films of the classical Hollywood greats, particularly Billy Wilder (e.g. One, Two, Three). It's quite light without any real ideas - boringly shot, no subtlety about the cold war, quite predictable and also at times a little racist in its stereotypes of arabs etc. But anyway has a good pace and is on the whole fun :)
There was SO much dialogue...I don't think ten seconds went by without somebody talking (until the credits), and that's not enough silence (and I know it was originally a play). The acting was okay all around, couple good jokes, but it felt like Fox was just another "Woody Allen" character, the way he moved and delivered his lines, lines suited best for Allen.