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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.