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Alice (1990)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Woody Allen's character study of a well-kept, upscale Manhattan woman (Mia Farrow) takes the title character on a journey through a Wonderland of her own making, in which she learns some truths about herself, her relationships, and the universe in general. Alice leads a comfortable life, except for some nagging aches and pains, but when she visits the mysterious Dr. Yang (Keye Luke), he discovers that what really ails Alice is her own lack of true human experience. Alice has been married for


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Woody Allen

Jun 5, 2001

MGM Pictures, Inc.

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (6) | DVD (12)

Alice may be a minor work in the Allen canon, but when its grace notes manage to be heard above the whimsy, they ring true.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Continues Allen's endless, banal quest for the Big Answers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's a strange, magical film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Farrow peers through the looking glass sparkly in lovely Alice, a downright adorable collaboration with the mellowed father-of-her-child.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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a second-tier Woody Allen film, starring then companion Mia Farrow.

April 24, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Farrow relishes the opportunity to play everything from a timid, guilt-racked housewife to a sultry amoral siren, who does everything short of attacking her victim...

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

Allen overstuffs the movie with cameos and contrivances.

July 31, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Underrated Woody Allen offering with some fine performances and a lot of style.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Supposedly whimsical fantasy by Woody Allen feels forced and underdeveloped. Great performances by Joe Mantegna and Mia Farrow are lost in Allen's bizarre dream world.

September 24, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

Drags on far too long, but there are moments that tickle the imagination and continue to provoke chuckles days after seeing the film.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

It is a nice-tasting and funny movie, but not one that ever works up a comic lather or gives us any serious insights.

August 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Once again Woody Allen explores questions of meaning and purpose that haunt modern day Americans who have an abundance of material possessions but a lack of inner riches.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Very nice and harmless, if that's what you look for in a film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

(An) audacious, subversive interpretation of Carroll's 'Alice'

January 1, 2000 Full Review

Boasts many hilarious moments.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Alice

Mia Farrow is an upper crust Manhattan socialite fully in the material world of shopping, parties and gossip, until persistent back pain leads her to a mysterious Chinese doctor ... flights of fancy lighten this fall down the rabbit hole but the stop, despite typically good Allen ensemble work, is ordinary enough.
May 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

Much like Burn After Reading felt like the Coens trying too hard to make a "Coen" film, Alice, a loose reimagining of Juliet of the Spirits, feels like Woody desperately trying to make a "Woody Allen" film. To no avail.
January 28, 2012
Jonathan Hutchings

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Ghosts, hallucinations, love potions, invisibility and penguins. An outlandish but likable exposť on the true meaning of happiness. (Directed by Woody Allen)
October 16, 2010
Randy Tippy

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This film very much has the Woody Allen stamp on it and you?d be able to tell it was a Woody Allen film even if you did not know. It?s a quirky film, where the imagination is brought to life helped along with a few magical herbs and where an escalation of events help to guide the main character toward her niche in life.

An enjoyable performance from Mia Farrow, who in parts seem to turn into Woody Allen with the overtalking nervous episodes.
September 23, 2010

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