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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon August 9, 2008
"Celebrity" is one of Woody's best, and most under appreciated and also unjustly attacked films. The production is first rate, the characters diverse, and the acting -- from Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melanie Griffith, Joe Mantegna -- as good as in any Allen film. It is a wonderful and highly observant film, that seems to offend many for reasons that no one seems able to really express, other than by resorting to vituperative adjectives and hand wringing.

As far as I can tell, it offends some people because it is thought to be "more of the same" late "Manhattan" period Allen ensemble work -- pity Mozart if he had been cranking out symphonies for these complainers; it is thought to be annoying because Kenneth Branagh does what is, really, a wonderful Allen impression, Woody being too old by the time was made to play the lead in the story; because the characters are more fully developed, and so perhaps more subtle and less immediately amusing, versions of the classic Allen character types that, by the time the film was made, had become well known to audiences impatient for novelty and new amusements from Allen; because, perhaps, many solid middle American types have such an instinctive and deep seated hatred for the particular New York types that populate Allen films that this film evidently pushed the buttons of those audience members to extremes that mandated vicious opining in revenge; and, perhaps, last but not least, because Allen films tend to attract either comedy lovers who are put off by misanthropic elements, or misanthropes who are put off by overly human and flawed characters that don't live up to their notions of worthiness, or which make light of misanthropic virtues.

There's a reason Woody made Stardust Memories, also one of his finest films. The raging disappointment expressed by some toward his more challenging films, and to some of his more phoned in and forgettable ones, points to the creative conflict, and conflicted audience reactions, highlighted in Stardust Memories. All that aside, "Celebrity" is a marvelous film, that surely deserves a better DVD transfer than it receives here. Hopefully, when the entire Allen catalog is given a much needed 16:9 remastering someday, "Celebrity" will re-emerge and be appreciated by new audiences.
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on February 17, 2013
Sir Kenneth Branagh!

Wow! I forgot he's from Ireland! What a terrific performance!

The Best Woody Allen performance by a female lead goes to Judy in this movie.

I had avoided Woody Allen films after the Mia fiasco but I'm back on his team and playing catch-up to all his films. This one is from 1998 and you get to remember how pretty Leonardo De Caprio was in his youth.

I like the story. It is a grown up movie for grown ups. It it better than anything playing right now at the big Cinemas (except for Lincoln and Argo).

You can read what the movie is about on other websites or comments. I'm just going to tell you it is a very good movie that you will watch more than once. So save your $12 new movie ticket and buy a used copy of this movie on Amazon.

My favorite Woody Allen movie is Midnight in Paris, even though the lead actor did an annoying impersonation of Woody Allen. Sir Kenneth Branagh owns this role and then you'll sort of remember he has stirred in a bit of Woody in his acting.

I bought this movie, Used, on Amazon but it was still in a new wrapper -- it was a very good movie that I will watch again and recommend.
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on May 3, 2012
I had read some reviews of Celebrity which were less then flattering so purchased this not sure what to expect. However my love of Woody Allen movies overcame my concerns. I think this film is way better than I had been lead to believe. The exposing of the inherent stupidity in the fascination so many people have with "celebrities", despite the feet of clay those "celebrities" exhibit, is really well developed and maintained and the sad failure of the principal character is beautifully realised. In this part Kenneth Branagh out Woodies Woody. Maybe he isn't quite as whiny as Woody Allen himself, but he is truly a great substitute Woody. Leonardo Di Caprio gives a priceless cameo performance as a foul mouthed and violent star who emerges from displaying his rottenness to the adulation of his adoring fans. Very telling. All of the players in this film are excellent and Winona Rider astounded me with how good she was as a less than loveable girl. I like Celebrity a lot and recommend it to you.
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on July 24, 2017
Woody is a God
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on January 2, 2015
I was disappointed in this movie. Kenneth Branaugh was speaking the words of WOody Allen and trying to be like him and it didn't work for me.
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on April 15, 2016
EXCELLENT...
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on December 6, 2015
Bought as a gift.
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on October 4, 2015
Yeah
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on January 31, 2015
woody's movies are wonderful
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on February 13, 2015
Good movie
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