Tom Sinclair
May 10, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alice

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
106 minutes
performer
Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Keye Luke, Joe Mantegna
director
Woody Allen
distributor
Orion Pictures
author
Woody Allen
genre
Comedy, Romance, Drama

We gave it a B+

As an antidote to the sterility of modern pop, there’s nothing like plunging into Waits’ deliriously out-of-time jazzbo noir world. These two discs conjure visions of juke joints, opium dens, and after-hours clubs when the jam sessions turn surreal. What it all means is anyone’s guess (that’s some muse you’ve got there, Mr. Waits), but you’d be hard-pressed to find sounds this spookily evocative anywhere outside the grooves of scratchy old 78s. Both: B+

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