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88
It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.
75
Allen's latest, Cassandra's Dream, is one of his debonair ''small'' entertainments, the closest that he has come to doing a tidy, no-frills, down-and-dirty genre thriller.
75
In thematic terms, Cassandra's Dream could be looked at as a rebuttal to "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
75
The movie is actually a softer treatment of the similar sibling anguish in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." Allen isn't enough of a great dark artist to pull off a full-scale tragedy the way Lumet does.
63
Allen, who stays behind the camera, brings too little wit and too much contrivance to material that quickly dissolves into warmed-over Dostoevski.
50
The identical premise is used in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which is like a master class in how Allen goes wrong.
50
There's not a believable character, nor line of convincing dialogue to be found.
50
The Coen brothers might have pulled this off, but it's out of Allen's faltering reach.
50
Chicago Tribune
Allen is obsessed with the notion of getting away with murder, mulling over which personalities can shoulder the psychological burden of killing without remorse, while others crumble under the pressure. The problem is, you don't feel the human sweat and strain in Cassandra's Dream, despite game work from Farrell and McGregor.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
As writer, Allen offers lazy plotting, poor characterization, dull scenes and flat dialogue.
38
Farrell is quite good, though it's hard to buy the Scottish McGregor and the Irish Farrell as brothers. But mostly, the film feels rudderless, almost as if it's been directed on autopilot.

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