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.

"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.