Melinda and Melinda Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 31, 2005
Like a copy of a copy of a Woody Allen movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 17, 2005
...terribly slight and a little bitter; like one of Faulkner's dashed-off stories for money.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 2, 2005
Has a fascinating premise; it's the execution that's sloppy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 27, 2005
Comic or tragic, a story should be involving. With dreary, self-involved, characters who move around the plots like sleepwalkers, neither one of these stories is.
| Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Great premise, but talky dramedy doesn't deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 17, 2005
Comedy wins out over tragedy thanks to Will Ferrell's presence in Woody Allen's schizophrenic new offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
March 24, 2005
Faced with the choice between oh-so-slight comedy or trashy melodrama, some viewers might just prefer a different film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
March 16, 2005
missing, unfortunately, both laughs and tears
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 24, 2005
The tragedy is not particularly tragic except in rote recitation of what came before, the comedy not particularly comic.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
March 30, 2005
Melinda returns Woody Allen to more steady ground; yet, his film still feels like a work completed with one eye closed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 28, 2007
A movie just shouldn't feel like homework. And with the constant shift in stories and repeatedly reinvented characters, unless you're in the mood for taking notes, you're going to feel like you're invited to rehearsals, rather than the finished product.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
April 25, 2005
More an interesting idea for a film than an interesting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 18, 2005
Too bad Allen didn't throw out the grim half of the movie and start over.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2005
I couldn't buy that two supposedly sophisticated theater people could be so simpleminded about what defines comedy and tragedy. I also couldn't believe in most of the characters, including either version of Melinda.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 23, 2005
The comic version of Melinda's story is only mildly less somber than the tragic version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
March 25, 2005
Doesn't have the quilted complexity of Allen's best work, but unfortunately that's nothing radically different from what we've recently seen from the esteemed writer-director.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 22, 2005
Writing this review hurts, and I'm sure seeing Melinda and Melinda will bring pain for most Woody Allen fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 11, 2005
Melinda and Melinda revolves around neurotic and selfish characters who are unappealing in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 23, 2005
Only Brooke Smith is distinctive as supporting player Cassie. Amanda Peet is a natural for Woody's style, but is saddled with one of Allen's most cliched characters
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 23, 2005
Where Woody Allen's Manhattan intellectual and pithy lines always evinced a smile when delivered by the auteur, in the hands of his replacements they are just not funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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