Chris Hormann’s review published on Letterboxd:
My first re-watch of this film since seeing it at the cinema and it occurs to me that either Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is giving a really good performance of a man totally out of his depth or he is just completely floundering in the role as Chris Wilton, the amoral man on the make - I suspect it's the latter.
It's a shame as there is so much else in this film to like and the rest of the cast are uniformly good. It seems Woody Allen's first foray across the Atlantic made him fresh again after a number of disappointing films. Allen presents us with Wilton, a hybrid Tom Ripley/Raskolnikov character with an eye for the main chance, but once he meets Scarlett Johansson's failing actress, things start to go off the rails. The underlying sentiment of the film is pretty bleak and perhaps its that fact that it makes such a refreshing change for much of Allen's output in the late 90's and the early 00's.