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Mighty Aphrodite

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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71

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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74

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

A dissatisfied Manhattan sportswriter finds more than he expected when he searches for the biological mother of his adopted child in Woody Allen's comedy. Writer-director Allen also plays Lenny, a slightly more relaxed incarnation of his usual neurotic screen persona. Lenny is trapped in a bad marriage to high-strung art dealer Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), but he finds solace in his relationship with his adopted young son. Indeed, he grows so fond of the boy that he decides to track down the

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Comedy, Romance

Mar 16, 1999

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

A minor comedy in Allen's work, though Mia Sorvino, who won an Oscar, shines as the prostitute, despite the director's condescending

July 2, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

'Mighty Aphrodite' only occasionally sparkles with witty dialogue reminiscent of Allen's earlier films, and that's not enough to resurrect the old Woody Allen magic.

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Surprisingly sweet Allen entry brought to life by Mira Sorvino.

November 12, 2005
Movie Metropolis

brilliant

February 7, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Same ol' Woody, though not as effective as some of his past work.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Good, but not great Woody Allen.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Woody Allen's best.

January 25, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

One of the best Woody Allen films from this decade. A very funny movie that made Mira Sorvino a star.

September 27, 2002
Countingdown.com

Audience Reviews for Mighty Aphrodite

Better than average woody Allen movie. Like Mira Sorvino in this one. Didn't like the Greek chanters. Made no sense at all and no point them being there.
July 29, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

"Of all human weaknesses, obsession is the most dangerous, and the silliest!"

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a prostitute.

REVIEW
A cute, solid Woody Allen comedy that's not as good as many of the comedies that came before but is worlds better than many that came after.

Allen plays a sports writer who goes searching for the mother of his adopted son, only to find that she's a prostitute. Played by Mira Sorvino, this character is one of Allen's most delightful creations, a Judy Holliday with a foul mouth. In fact, this is one of Allen's raunchier movies, but it's also one of his sweetest. Sorvino walks a tightrope between dingy and heartbreaking that deservedly won her an Oscar.

Allen uses a Greek chorus to comment on the action throughout the film, populated with famous actors like Olympia Dukakis, F. Murray Abraham and Jack Warden.
October 29, 2009
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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I think I enjoyed this a little more than I should have: it kind of skirts the heavier issues and makes the central plot point - tracking down your adopted child's birth mother - awfully light, and it's a little on the corny side in places... Mira Sorvino, for example, is over the top, and Michael Rappaport is... well, Michael Rappaport. Nevertheless, the ironically used Greek chorus and the framing of the main characters' quest in terms of the Oedipus plot should go down as one of Allen's cleverest devices, and though Woody Allen was basically playing himself (as he always does), he yet again inserted himself into a story crazy enough for his "character" (persona, more precisely?) to be believable.
June 13, 2009
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