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Alice (1990)



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A dissatisfied Manhattan woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery, with the help of an Asian acupuncturist's magic herbs. Woody Allen's fantasy-laced comedy follows Alice as she considers an affair with a charming musician and seeks the meaning of life, all the while dealing with the herbs' unexpected side effects.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2001
MGM Pictures, Inc.


Mia Farrow
as Alice Tate
Cybill Shepherd
as Nancy Brill
Gwen Verdon
as Alice's Mother
Patrick O'Neal
as Alice's Father
Keye Luke
as Dr. Yang
Julie Kavner
as Decorator
Billy Taylor
as Trainer
Gina Gallagher
as Joe's Daughter
Patience Moore
as School Teacher
Diane Cheng
as Dr. Yang's Assistant
Kim Chan
as Dr. Yang's Patient
Lynda Bridges
as Saleslady
Anthony Cortino
as Dog Groomer
Katja Schumann
as Circus Equestrian
Vanessa Thomas
as Circus Aerialist
Kristy Graves
as Alice at 18
Laurie Nayber
as Young Dorothy
Rachel Miner
as Alice at 12
Alexi Henry
as Kimberly
James Toback
as Professor
Bob Balaban
as Sid Moscowitz
Peggy Miley
as Dorothy's Maid
George J. Manos
as Dorothy's Xmas Party...
Kim Weston-Moran
as Dorothy's Xmas Party...
Kenneth Edelson
as Dorothy's Xmas Party...
Marvin Terban
as Dorothy's Xmas Party...
James McDaniel
as Dorothy's Xmas Party...
Jodi Long
as Ina - Park Avenue Co...
Suzann O'Neill
as Park Avenue Couples
Ira Wheeler
as Office Party Guest
Lisa Marie
as Office Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Alice

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

Alice may be a minor work in the Allen canon, but when its grace notes manage to be heard above the whimsy, they ring true.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Continues Allen's endless, banal quest for the Big Answers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Farrow peers through the looking glass sparkly in lovely Alice, a downright adorable collaboration with the mellowed father-of-her-child.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's a strange, magical film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

a second-tier Woody Allen film, starring then companion Mia Farrow.

Full Review… | April 24, 2011

Audience Reviews for Alice


The story of the repressed housewife is a familiar and often overused trope, which Allen subverts in this, his adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland." Starring his then-partner Mia Farrow in the titular role, the story follows Alice as she learns what she really wants out of life through her attraction to a parent at her children's school. She and Joe (Joe Mantegna) fall for each other amid the sexual energy that comes from long saxophone solos and sultry voices whispered into each other's ears. The message of the film isn't all that new or powerful, so I find some of the film grating for that reason, but the characters are really complex and the film overall, is enchanting. This may not be one of his stronger films, or most whimsical, but it's not overtly cynical either. By the end it feels very free and unconditionally sweet-natured, and for all the repression we have to watch onscreen, it becomes worth it in the end.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Mia Farrow is an upper crust Manhattan socialite fully in the material world of shopping, parties and gossip, until persistent back pain leads her to a mysterious Chinese doctor ... flights of fancy lighten this fall down the rabbit hole but the stop, despite typically good Allen ensemble work, is ordinary enough.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Much like Burn After Reading felt like the Coens trying too hard to make a "Coen" film, Alice, a loose reimagining of Juliet of the Spirits, feels like Woody desperately trying to make a "Woody Allen" film. To no avail.

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

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