Like a recycled piece of paper, it's still worthy of some scribbles on it, but will hardly form a book. Not the book hardcore fans or hipsters would buy anyhow. Puns on British culture, unlike in "Match Point", miss the point, and seem almost intentionally flat. The story that comes out of it lacks a more refined script to be anything more than a quaint little comedy.
What an irritating little man Woody Allen has become. Some of his early films were comic genius (Sleeper, Play It Again, Sam, Annie Hall, Zelig, Manhattan) but only he got better when he stayed behind the camera/ This is dross. Wasted time and talents.
Une fort réjouissante petite comédie fantastico-policière parcourue d'une pléiade d'acteurs souvent peu connus mais convaincants, où s'entremêlent avec jubilation l'inimitable humour yiddish, le suspense scénaristique, la finesse du jeu des principaux acteurs et une incroyable aisance technique... www.cinefiches.com
There is nothing new under Allen's sun. The length of his extensive work spanning four decades does not allow him to innovate anymore. He is now particularly typecast in metropolitan upperclass roles around less than original stories. In Scoop Allen recycles Manhattan Murder Mystery but with a much weaker script and the abuse of one-liners. Johansson hasn't got the class to match Allen's historic muses either.