A dissatisfied Manhattan woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery, with the help of an Asian acupuncturist's magic herbs. Woody Allen's fantasy-laced comedy follows Alice as she considers an affair with a charming musician and seeks the meaning of life, all the while dealing with the herbs' unexpected side effects.
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Critic Reviews for Alice
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.
Farrow peers through the looking glass sparkly in lovely Alice, a downright adorable collaboration with the mellowed father-of-her-child.
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...
Allen overstuffs the movie with cameos and contrivances.
Underrated Woody Allen offering with some fine performances and a lot of style.
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.
Drags on far too long, but there are moments that tickle the imagination and continue to provoke chuckles days after seeing the film.
It is a nice-tasting and funny movie, but not one that ever works up a comic lather or gives us any serious insights.
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.
Audience Reviews for Alice
The story of the repressed housewife is a familiar and often overused trope, which Allen subverts in this, his adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland." Starring his then-partner Mia Farrow in the titular role, the story follows Alice as she learns what she really wants out of life through her attraction to a parent at her children's school. She and Joe (Joe Mantegna) fall for each other amid the sexual energy that comes from long saxophone solos and sultry voices whispered into each other's ears. The message of the film isn't all that new or powerful, so I find some of the film grating for that reason, but the characters are really complex and the film overall, is enchanting. This may not be one of his stronger films, or most whimsical, but it's not overtly cynical either. By the end it feels very free and unconditionally sweet-natured, and for all the repression we have to watch onscreen, it becomes worth it in the end.More
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.More
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.More
Ghosts, hallucinations, love potions, invisibility and penguins. An outlandish but likable exposť on the true meaning of happiness. (Directed by Woody Allen)More
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