A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

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


Movie Info

At the turn of the century, a trio of well-educated, upper-class couples retreat to the country for a summer weekend. This comedy delineates the effect of the mid-summer's madness that strikes them during their vacation, as unexpected romantic attractions are brought to the surface as partners are secretly juggled.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Bros.

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as Ariel

as Leopold

as Maxwell

as Student Foxx

as Mr. Thompson

as Carstairs

as (uncredited)

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Critic Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Warm, romantic and old-fashioned.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Picturesque but uncertain.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Pure mid-period Allen, a muscle-stretching ensemble comedy with dramatic undertones and playful philosophical musings...Allen's characters ponder the permeable divide between lust and love, and the meanings of sexual intercourse... [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | August 13, 2015
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Audience Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

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

danperry17
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

½

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

"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. †Mary 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.

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

More or less Woody Allen playing himself in a Bergman film. Good for a few laughs, far from him best, far from his worst.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

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