Lawrence O'Toole
March 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Manhattan Murder Mystery

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton, Joy Behar, Ron Rifkin
director
Woody Allen
author
Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Manhattan Murder Mystery‘s riff on ”Rear Window” is slight and mild fun: Woody Allen’s wife (Diane Keaton), thinking their neighbor has killed his wife, becomes a compulsive sleuth — against her husband’s constant griping. The scattered and panicked neurosis that used to be amusing, even charming, in Allen’s films has turned sourly familiar. In fact, he has become such a killjoy character that he ruins his own movies with his whining. Three or four titters do not a comedy make, and rehashing the plot of an old movie does not enhance a mystery.

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