• PG-13, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Woody Allen
    In Theaters:
    Jun 10, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 20, 2011
  • Sony Pictures Classics

Critic Review - The New Republic

Woody Allen attracts promising players and does nothing with them.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comments (29)
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Jun 11 - 07:55 AM

Barry V

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Jun 15 - 03:35 PM

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Jun 18 - 05:37 PM

brandie m.

brandie millay

Grow up Barry V.! MOP was a huge bore. I've never seen anyone like that loveable child molester pig Woody who can "recreate" greats op the past merely to have them spout cliches and tag-lines,

Jun 20 - 05:22 PM

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Jul 13 - 02:43 AM

Christopher Rogala

Christopher Rogala

""recreate" greats op the past merely to have them spout cliches and tag-lines"

Yeah, so, that was kind of the point, and the joke. These weren't real, historical individuals, they were the images we've invented. Owen Wilson's character visited a fantasy of the past, constructed from pure nostalgia and 'golden age' thinking, and found it unsustainable and ultimately unsatisfying.

So - you were half-way there! Good for you!

Jul 21 - 01:55 PM

Vineet Harbhajanka

Vineet Harbhajanka

BTW did you notice.. this comment was before the movie was released. People have the right to their views but this review is baseless.

Jul 24 - 08:32 PM


Someone Someone

I really hope you know what an advance screening is.

Jun 17 - 10:24 AM

Jet Tobias

Jet Tobias

dumbass. and get the title right

Jun 2 - 03:29 PM


Matt Goodman

no you just can't appreciate true art in cinema ^

Jun 26 - 11:09 AM

Joe Huff

Joe Huff

Thomson, I imagine, is just another snobby critic who doesn't understand humor further than what he believes it to be. Obviously he missed the core theme of the movie which in the end demotes envy of another time through an accurate and enjoyable portrayal of a time considered to be a "Golden Age" in America.

Jul 26 - 08:15 AM

Andy C.

Andy Capaloff

Really difficult to understand how anyone could see this and not be entertained, or feel as if the actors are under-utilized. So there aren't Oscar worthy acting performances. Still a magical film and it got there through a mix of the Paris scenery, the pure magical fantasy and some very deep insights. It will surely receive some nominations come Oscar time

Jul 2 - 04:38 PM

The Paczki

Frederick Chopin

This film was shockingly juvenile and astoundingly tivial. It raised a few interesting motifs that could have been explored, but, alas, Allen drops them in favor of some corney sci-fi journey where he gives the audience nothing more than brief biographies of some of his favorite people. We get it, Woody - you're obsessed with Fitzgerald and Zelda, but not so obsessed to have them do something interesting. It would be impossible to say enough bad things about this film . . .

Jul 6 - 12:32 AM

Max Michaels

Max Michaels

The Paczki is like the pedantic character lol.

Dec 21 - 10:38 AM


Dan Gross

Unfortunately, I agree. I didn't feel it was a waste of time to watch it, but the lack of depth was saddening. I don't know why Thomson failed to point out McAdams's standard abominable performance, though.

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Cole Clark

Cole Clark

Fuck you you suck.
I love this movie.

You are bad at reviewing movies.

Nov 9 - 09:52 AM

Prats Majmudar

Prats Majmudar

Yawn, i stopped in 15 mins, and that was like ages passed by. Really boring

Dec 29 - 01:56 PM

Danny  S.

Danny Scott

this movie was ass, no substantial plot or character depth, just some intellectual bullshit

Dec 29 - 07:21 PM

Lisa Scacchitti

Lisa Scacchitti

Agreed. 94 minutes of my life wasted.

Dec 30 - 06:36 AM

Edward Woelke

Edward Woelke

LOL!You haters should just stick to pop films like Transformers and Slumdog Millionaire.

Dec 30 - 10:14 AM

Ethan Sam

Ethan Sam

It takes someone with a knowledge of who the characters are and how they acted to appreciate the humor in this film. Those who don't know who Elliot, Fitzgerald, Dali, etc. are won't get it and won't care...

and subsequently will return to MTV 2 to watch more Teen Mom and Jersey Shore. Enjoy!

Jan 6 - 03:06 PM

Menachem Rephun

Menachem Rephun

I thought it was a beautiful movie

Jan 9 - 01:53 AM

John Skowronski

John Skowronski

You're right. For someone who has more than a passing knowledge of the artists and writers of that time period, it is an absolutely wonderful and fun film. For those that don't, oh well. It will be lost on them.

Feb 1 - 10:03 PM

Vi Anne

Vi Anne

The reason I watched this is because my roommate is a bit of a literary nerd (it's a good thing) and she insisted I'd love it. I know more about the artists featured in the film than the writers, but even I could appreciate all the characters, and it inspired me to learn more about each of them as far as their real lives.

So, to say that someone who doesn't know the people won't enjoy the film is a bit of a stretch. It's a great movie overall with a fantastic cast and a nice message, and I don't even like romantic comedies.

Jun 7 - 11:47 AM

mark w.

mark weistra

I just wanted to say here that i loved Midnight in Paris!

Jan 19 - 03:22 PM

Tenente Colonbo

Tenente Colonbo

I suggest you to take another Good look at the movie.

Jan 29 - 03:55 PM


Stephen Stephens

A very sweet movie.

Feb 23 - 09:51 PM

Dean Ferguson

Dean Ferguson

Great movie! The music and the atmosphere were superb!

Apr 23 - 04:24 AM

Jet Tobias

Jet Tobias

your an idiot. why do they let people with no taste become critics?

Jun 2 - 03:28 PM

Rico Berg

Rico Berg

For understanding the kind of subtle humour in this film, it helps a lot having actually lived in Paris for a while and encountered the types of the main characters. Woody Allen proves a keen sense for observing certain types of Paris visitors who truly exist. The main contemporary characters are cringeworthy although at least Gil slowly develops a sense for day-to-day reality which (how bizarre!) also exists in Paris. It is obviously a metropolitan city bearing a number of harsh realities.

You get them all: the wannabe intellectual who doesn't know everything but thinks he knows everything better. The bitching, spoiled brat who is more impressed by boastful lectures than by the cultural content itself. The reactionary French-hating parents who think that Hollywood movies are the culmination of human cultural achievement and money is the only thing worth living for. And the naive writer who sees Paris as materialised romanticism.

The girl from the antiques shop actually gets the closest to reality in Paris in this film which makes for a satisfying ending without sappy "happy end" clichÚs.

Having a sense of subtlety also helps appreciating this film...

Jul 27 - 06:24 AM

Celia Baker

Celia Baker

I totally disagree.Woody Allen portrays a great deal through these characters. He shows viewers that most of the characters are never content with where they are and what they have. Each of the main characters are searching for more, for something new. Whether being dissatisfied in a marriage, a time period, a location (hence the move they made to Paris), a distaste in a daughters taste in guys, each character is discontent with something and each character is striving for the unattainable. Just because Woody doesn't spell out the deeper meaning for the audience doesn't mean it isn't there.

Jul 29 - 12:56 AM

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