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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 5

It may not Woody Allen's best work, but the frothy, fun A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is still worth a look.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

It may not Woody Allen's best work, but the frothy, fun A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is still worth a look.



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Woody Allen brings a diverting whimsy and a hopeful innocence to this period roundelay, based upon Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer's Night and Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game. Allen plays Andrew, a Wall Street broker and eccentric inventor who is having frigidity problems with his wife Adrian (Mary Steenburgen). Adrian and Andrew are the hosts, at their summer house in the country, of a wedding party for Ariel (Mia Farrow) and Leopold (Jose Ferrer), a famed academic who is Andrew's cousin.



Woody Allen

Nov 6, 2001

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (5) | DVD (11)

It's funny and sweet in spots, though the light moments get lost in the haze of imitation and ambitiousness.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A pleasant disappointment, pleasant because he gets all the laughs he goes for in a visually charming, sweetly paced picture, a disappointment because he doesn't go for more.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Warm, romantic and old-fashioned.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There doesn't seem to be a driving idea behind it, a confident tone to give us the sure notion that Allen knows what he wants to do here.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Picturesque but uncertain.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Inspired by Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, andwith a touch of Renoir's Rules of the Game, this period comedy is a minor work, a trifle in Allen's career, worth seeing for some of the supporting acting.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Allen has no affinity for Renoir's robust generosity, yet this study does wonders for his filmmaking

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It's not classic Woody, but it has a warmly human attractiveness about it.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

It's one of Allen's lightest trifles, but it too contains enough funny jokes and fantasy moments to make it a small treasure.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy circles around the nuances of love-a web that both tantalizes and confounds Americans.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Top-flight Allen. Probably his most gorgeous color film.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not among Woody's most memorable, but it's still pleasant enough to warrant a visit.

July 25, 2002

This MidsummerÔ(TM)s Night is fun, witty, and wild, although ultimately forgettable.

December 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A poor second fiddle to stuff like Porky's.

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

The course of true laughs always did run smooth.

Full review coming to on 7/6
July 1, 2013

Super Reviewer

Not Woody Allen's best - rather witty, but a little on the dull side.
September 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

It's an interesting idea, Shakespearean adaptations and period dramas were rife in the early 80's, so to do one with Woody Allen's witticisms was probably well received at the time. As much as I liked the script, performances and watching Allen flying about in a floating bicycle, it didn't quite grab me and I found it a little dated. It's still amusing and odd enough for me to give it three stars though.
September 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Andrew: He's a wonderful guy and a terrific doctor. Never lost a patient. Got a couple of them pregnant, but never lost one.á

"Six characters in search for love."

Halfway through this movie, I didn't believe there was any way I was going to like it at all. I did, however, warm up to it, but still just couldn't find myself really liking the movie. The cinematography was beautiful, the performances were strong, but I didn't like the movie. For having the word Comedy in its title, it sure wasn't that comedic.

The characters were extremely wacky and that lead to an extremely wacky and annoying ending. Woody Allen plays Woody Allen as an inventor. áMary Steenburger is her usual annoying self, but she does give a good performance by her standards. The others were all good, but I didn't find myself liking any of the characters, which is weird for a Woody Allen movie because I normally like the women characters in his movies.

This falls towards the lower half of Allen's movies, when it comes to quality. His movies are really hit and miss for me. I've loved a lot of his movies and I've disliked many of them. Some of them just seem like he couldn't think of anything else, so he made a short little comedy just so he could get his movie out for that year. He's obviously a great director with movies like Hannah and Her Sisters and Manhattan, but sometimes I wonder how I've ever liked a movie from him when I see one like this. Then I go watch Hannah and Her Sisters over again and he's a god of filmmaking once again.
September 3, 2011
Melvin White

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    1. Andrew: Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.
    – Submitted by Leon T (6 months ago)
    1. Andrew: Sex alleviates tension and love causes it.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. Adrian: Why does a beautiful day like today give me such a sad feeling?
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. Maxwell: Did you not know that I've had my eyes set on you these last two weeks?
    2. Dulcy: I've only been working here for five days.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
    1. Dulcy: [aroused] Leopold, bite me... Hard!
    2. Leopold: I can't. These aren't my teeth.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
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