New York Times - 12/06/2002
"...Mr. De Niro and Mr. Crystal exude a breezy camaraderie that recalls Bing Crosby and Bob Hope ambling jauntily down some nonsensical road to nowhere..."
Box Office - 03/01/2003
"...The appeal of ANALYZE THAT can be credited in large part to the infectious fun found in the performances of Crystal and De Niro..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2003
"...Smart and genial..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
They locked up mob boss Paul Vitti in Sing Sing and that's where he sang sang - croaking tunes from Westside Story and carrying on in a way that convinces the feds Vitti is better suited for the nut house than the Big House. Better yet, they conclude, let's release Vitti into the custody of his therapist Ben Sobel.
The boys are back and so is the fun when Robert De Niro (Vitti) and Billy Crystal (Sobel) reprise their Analyze This roles. This time, Vitti is ready to find gainful employment and go straight -- or so he says. But can high-anxiety Sobel believe Vitti, especially when guys like Lou the Wrench keep showing up? In the words of more than one sage who knows his dese from his dose: fuggedaboudit!
ANALYZE THAT, the star-studded sequel to 1999's smash comedy hit ANALYZE THIS, reunites neurotic mobster Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) with his former psychiatrist Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal). The anxious mob boss is about to finish his prison sentence but he is suffering a nervous breakdown behind bars and the only one who can diagnose his ailments is Sobel. After a string of hysterical tests, the Feds grant Sobel permission to observe Vitti as a patient and, much to the dismay of Sobol's wife Laura (Lisa Kudrow), as a house guest. However, Sobel has problems of his own. He's suffering from a severe identity crisis after the death of his father, and Vitti's presence in his suburban New Jersey home has the psychiatrist acting crazy too. In an effort to straighten Vitti out, Sobel decides that the solution is to find him a real, honest job. Vitti tries his hand at several ill-matched professions, and finally finds his dream job as a technical advisor on a SOPRANOS-like cable television show. Everything is going smoothly until Vitti starts to take the show a little too seriously, calling his former mafia cohorts to the set. A raucous comedic event that uses the chemistry between De Niro and Crystal to great effect, ANALYZE THAT is yet another knee-slapping gem from director Harold Ramis.