Mike D'Angelo
August 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Celebrity

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Judy Davis, Hank Azaria, Allison Janney, Famke Janssen, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Winona Ryder, Charlize Theron
director
Woody Allen
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Woody Allen’s latest is more of the same, albeit in black and white and featuring a premise that actually makes his usual parade of celebrity cameos seem appropriate in Celebrity. Sounding off on the absurdities of fame, he sends a variety of caricatures scuttling about in search of their ticket to the big time, concentrating on the exploits of obsequious journalist Lee (Branagh). If you can get past Branagh’s uncanny but extremely irritating Woody impression — a hefty ”if,” given his nonstop stammering and throat-clearing — you may enjoy many of the comic set pieces, particularly DiCaprio’s self-mocking turn as a spoiled, hotel-room-trashing brat.

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