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Scoop (2006)



Critic Consensus: Rehashing old plot lines and characters, Scoop is a tiresome dipper and another disappointing addition to Woody Allen's repertoire.

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The late U.K. journalist Joe Strombel is being mourned by his colleagues--even as, stuck in limbo, Joe remains committed to pursuing a hot tip on the identity of "the Tarot Card Killer" at large in London. But, how can his legwork get done now? Via the very much alive Sondra Pransky. Sondra is an American journalism student visiting friends in London. During a stage performance by another American, magician Sid Waterman, Sondra is shocked to find herself able to see and hear Joe. From beyond, he gives her the scoop of a lifetime and urges her to pursue it. Sondra immediately starts chasing the big story, enlisting the aid of a reluctant Sid. That chase leads right to handsome British aristocrat Peter Lyman. Soon, Sondra finds that the romance of her life may well be the dangerous scoop she's looking for.

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Woody Allen
as Sid Waterman
Hugh Jackman
as Peter Lyman
Scarlett Johansson
as Sondra Pransky
Ian McShane
as Joe Strombel
Charles Dance
as Mr. Malcolm
Fenella Woolgar
as Jane Cook
Julian Glover
as Lord Lyman
Kevin McNally
as Mike Tinsley
Carolyn Backhouse
as Vivian's Mother
Sam Friend
as Vivian's Brother
Jim Dunk
as Funeral Speaker
Suzy Kewer
as Splendini's Assistant
Jody Halse
as Stagehand
Matt Day
as Jerry Burke
Elizabeth Berrington
as Antique Shop Woman
Rupert Frazer
as Antique Shop Man
Tina Rath
as Wendy Beamish
Caroline Blakiston
as Mrs. Quincy
Richard Johnson
as Mr. Quincy
Moya Brady
as Screamer
Meg Wynn Owen
as Housekeeper
Anthony Head
as Detective
Robert Bathurst
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 1
Geoff Bell
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 2
Christopher Fulford
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 3
Nigel Lindsay
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 4
Doreen Mantle
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 1
David Schneider
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 2
Meera Syal
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 3
Julia Deakin
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 1
Margaret Tyzack
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 2
Jeffrey Wickham
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 3
Robyn Kerr
as Tinsley's Fan No. 1
Richard Stirling
as Tinsley's Fan No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Scoop

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (46)

The film is essentially a piece of nostalgia, but it swings along with an insouciance we haven't had from him in a long time.

November 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Nestled as it is amid the clamor of the late-summer blockbusters, it's the kind of small pleasure that can make you feel intensely grateful.

October 7, 2006

Woody -- enough with the one-liners.

August 9, 2006

It's full of funny lines and clever inventions.

July 28, 2006

The result is decidedly minor Woody, and unlike Match Point, far from essential.

July 28, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Scoop. It's a tired, thin, almost laughless reminder of the earlier Allen.

July 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Scoop

Attempt by Woody to recapture the breezy newspaper comedies of the 40's. The film is okay as an homage but there is a fatal casting error at the heart of it that damages the picture. That would be Scarlett Johansson in the lead, trying to fill the kind of part that Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur and Carole Lombard pulled off effortlessly in their prime she is overly earnest and not adept at the sort of confident yet tentative mix of emotions the role requires. In short she's trying too hard in a part that the young Diane Keaton would have been perfect in. Woody does rework his standard nebbishy role to good effect though.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Good lord...Woody Allen is so overrated. He even made Scarlett Johansson become a bad actress.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Mediocre movie.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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