Midnight in Paris Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 5, 2011
It's fun and it's most welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 10, 2011
"Midnight in Paris" is a bonbon to ease the craving for Allen's earlier, funnier films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 10, 2011
Midnight in Paris is a loving embrace of the city, of art and of life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 3, 2011
Our hero has found his groove among the Lost Generation and, for us, there's some amusement to be had in sharing Gil's thrills -- it's like stepping into a Classic Comics version of A Moveable Feast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 3, 2011
Midnight in Paris is charming and clever, at times wickedly astute and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 3, 2011
Woody Allen attracts promising players and does nothing with them.
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2011
There is breezy comedy to be made of a YouTube-age writer meeting the icons and idols of a bygone, classical era, but Allen goes deeper, expanding on his time-travel device to make unexpected and unexpectedly generous observations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 2, 2011
I find this upfront fantasy to be his funniest, most agreeable comedy in years.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 2, 2011
Woody Allen's beleaguered heroes have never been reluctant to indulge in a little fantasy to get what they want.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 2, 2011
It makes us happily remember the movies we thought Allen wasn't able to make anymore, even while the filmmaker reaches into the past to add one more great one to the list.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 2, 2011
It succeeds because Allen's muse is completely activated, unlike last year's time-waster You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, in which thought ran no deeper than the title joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2011
What's Wilson doing in a Woody Allen movie about a B-list screenwriter who time-travels from the present to the Jazz Age? Disarming the audience with his wistful joie de vivre, that's what.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 2, 2011
Midnight in Paris is a terrific picture -- an appealing, bubbly, intelligent fantasy made by a director in an unusually playful mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 27, 2011
"Midnight in Paris" finds Allen in a larky, slightly tart and altogether bountiful mood, giving filmgoers a movie that, while unabashedly funny and playful, provides a profiterole or two for thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2011
A movie that's loving and wistful and often hysterically funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 26, 2011
While Allen may not be reinventing any wheels, he still has it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 26, 2011
A sweet-natured trifle, as flavorful and as thin as a crepe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
May 26, 2011
A delicious trifle for anyone who has ever dreamt of bantering about the cinema with Luis Buñuel or lounging at the piano to hear Cole Porter sing "Let's Do It."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2011
"Midnight in Paris" makes you yearn for the time when brainy larks weren't a once-a-year occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 26, 2011
Woody Allen must have had a great time writing this screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 23, 2011
As a conceit, the visit with literary celebrities may be thin, and the episodes are brief and sketchy, but wish fulfillment is part of the movie's charm.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 21, 2011
Smart, funny, whimsical--one of the best romantic comedies in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 21, 2011
sweet, not altogether satisfying variation on the fantasy-becomes-reality conceit he used in his Depression-era The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 20, 2011
A huge part of the charm of Midnight in Paris derives from the finely calibrated casting, long one of Allen's superpowers as a director.
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May 20, 2011
A sweet and lively story, and a nicely packaged new outing from a past master who has done little more than repeat himself for at least two decades.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 20, 2011
As a filmmaker, Allen has grappled with the temptations of repeating himself instead of forging a fresh path. You can feel that conflict here, and watching him work it out is exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 20, 2011
In Woody Allen's beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn't at all what it used to be -- it's smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 20, 2011
Allen's new "Midnight in Paris" is a lot like his earlier, funnier movies. And it's far and away his sunniest effort since "Mighty Aphrodite."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 20, 2011
Midnight in Paris is as light as a soufflé, and almost as sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 20, 2011
Though it never ventures past the tourist quarters of Paris, this is one of Woody's most handsomely photographed movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 20, 2011
The idea has likely been in Allen's head since forever, but it's arrived at the right moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 19, 2011
It's an entertaining trifle that is at least as engaging as, and perhaps more likeable than, a majority of the filmmaker's recent excursions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 19, 2011
Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write again: Woody Allen has made a wonderful new picture, "Midnight in Paris," and it's his best, most enjoyable work in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 19, 2011
Entertaining enough, but unmistakably the work of a later, lesser era.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 19, 2011
It is marvelously romantic, even though - or precisely because - it acknowledges the disappointment that shadows every genuine expression of romanticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 18, 2011
Having sampled London and Barcelona in recent films, Woody Allen continues his grand tour of European cities with Midnight in Paris, an ingratiating, tourist-oriented exercise in nostalgia for a city that doesn't exist.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 18, 2011
This is prime Woody Allen -- insightful, philosophical and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 18, 2011
In a film so ripe with temptations for posturing, exaggeration and satirical overacting, nobody is anything less than natural, unpretentious and funny as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
May 17, 2011
A deceptively light time-travel romance, Midnight in Paris uses fairy-tale devices as a way to get to the filmmaker's familiar, real-life-sourced themes.
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David Germain
Associated Press
May 16, 2011
Woody Allen has found the right time and the right place with "Midnight in Paris," his lightest, funniest and most-satisfying movie in a long time.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 16, 2011
Rather surprisingly... Midnight is an absolutely terrific film, fleet and brisk and as charming as it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 16, 2011
This supernatural comedy isn't just Allen's best film in more than a decade; it's the only one that manages to rise above its tidy parable structure and be easy, graceful, and glancingly funny, as if buoyed by its befuddled hero's enchantment.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 12, 2011
Allen seems to be paying attention in a way he hasn't always done in recent films, and has found a way to channel his often-caustic misanthropy, half-comic fear of death and anti-American bitterness into agreeable comic whimsy.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 12, 2011
Pure Woody Allen. Which is not to say great or even good Woody, but a distillation of the filmmaker's passions and crotchets, and of his tendency to pass draconian judgment on characters the audience is not supposed to like.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 11, 2011
Like a swoony lost chapter from Paris, je t'aime agreeably extended to feature length.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2011
Woody's in good form and Paris looks glorious in this droll time-traveling fantasy.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 11, 2011
Sweet, sentimental, and vibrant, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" rightfully points out that yesterday's frolicking bar might be today's laundry mat ... but we can always visit the good times in our memories.
Full Review | Original Score: A