In almost all respects, Match Point is an improvement over Crimes and Misdemeanors. It’s better crafted and more absorbing, and it doesn’t have the distractions of Allen’s wisecracks and extended banal philosophizing. The storytelling is more streamlined, and the pace never flags, though the movie runs 20 minutes longer. It may be the first film in Allen’s career to carry an erotic charge, though it’s also less personally expressive than most of the others, and its characters are more generic.
January 13, 2006