In his ’60s stand-up act, Allen joked that he once cheated on a metaphysics exam by looking within the soul of the student sitting next to him; 50 years later he’s still at it. — J.R. Jones, In its own strange, deliberate way, the film does wind up feeling surprising, fresh even, as Allen finds new ways to explore some of his most longstanding preoccupations.
— Mark Olsen, Ostensibly about the theory and practice of ethics, if the existential dramedy
weren’t so clumsy it could almost be a selfparody.
— Nathalie Atkinson, At what point do we just scream “No!” and say we will not tolerate another Woody Allen movie about a relationship between an older man and a younger woman? — Matt Pais, It’s a Woody Allen film that the next one will make us forget.
— Joe Morganstern,
Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone in Irrational Man.