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Allen Blames Media for Bad Review

August 25, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ A bad review for a Woody Allen movie? Blame reporters bearing grudges.

``If the writer goes in not liking you, they can write negatively about you,″ Allen said in the current issue of Indie, a magazine about independent films.

Allen, who rarely gives interviews, said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a scathing review about ``Deconstructing Harry″ because ``she doesn’t like me.″

Dowd dismissed the movie in a Jan. 11 column as ``a tiresome Manhattan whine″ told from the perspective of a ``weaselly, overcivilized, undermoralized, terminally psychoanalyzed terminator″ of a character.

``She’s not a film critic. Why does she go to the movies to see my films? She goes only so she can write something nasty,″ he said.

Dowd did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

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