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Melinda and Melinda Reviews

May 12, 2006
Neither version of Melinda, despite Mitchell‚(TM)s game try at making them distinctive beyond their different hairdos, is funny or tragic enough to fully engage us; there‚(TM)s no opportunity for an audience to be moved.
April 8, 2005
The Shawn character says, 'Moments of humor do exist (in life). I exploit them, but in a tragic context.' Allen couldn't have said it better himself.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2005
It's middle-rung Woody, but compared to such dismal efforts as "Hollywood Ending" and "Anything Else," the movie is a godsend.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 2, 2005
The comic and tragic stories are cleverly intercut, but they're both so inconsequential that it's hard to bring yourself to care which one you're watching.
April 2, 2005
Has a fascinating premise; it's the execution that's sloppy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2005
It's pleasant and challenging enough, in fits and starts, and certainly not the embarrassment of his last few movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2005
Half works, and the half that doesn't work isn't so bad that it's not worth sitting through to see a Woody Allen comedy starring Will Ferrell.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 1, 2005
It is a stunt, but at least it is a serious one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2005
A movie that too often is dull and duller, an exercise posing as a full-blown drama. Or is it posing as a comedy?
Read More | Original Score: C
April 1, 2005
Overcoming the handicap of an overt, writerly device, Allen crafts a warm comedy and a painful tragedy right before our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2005
Sin City is the most gorgeous digital movie ever made. It represents a stunning leap forward in both the technology of digital cinema and the art of filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 31, 2005
A step in the right direction, yes. A masterpiece, no. Still, it's a big step, one that at least bears comparison with much of Mr. Allen's better work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 31, 2005
At this point, Allen may be the only guy laughing at his jokes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 31, 2005
The comic half of the double feature is more wheezy than breezy, and the drama lacks the pulverizing punch of serious art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 27, 2005
Allen lately has grown tired of complex characters and inventive actors to play them. He appears to be making movies because that's what he's always done, but the love and the ideas and the zip are essentially gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2005
I couldn't buy that two supposedly sophisticated theater people could be so simpleminded about what defines comedy and tragedy. I also couldn't believe in most of the characters, including either version of Melinda.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 25, 2005
Melinda and Melinda does have its faults, but it's plainly the work of a master filmmaker.
March 24, 2005
The details are so complex and interconnected, it becomes more comfortable to let it all wash over you and simply appreciate the passing pleasures.
March 24, 2005
The tragedy is not particularly tragic except in rote recitation of what came before, the comedy not particularly comic.
March 24, 2005
What makes Melinda and Melinda particularly fun -- despite a creakiness in many of the jokes -- is that Allen seems to be thinking about his own penchant for merging comedy with tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2005
A conceptual disaster on Mr. Allen's part.
March 24, 2005
A bright, jaunty comedy in a jazz tempo that mirrors two opposing sides of a single personality, dramatized by two different writers with opposite takes on life.
March 24, 2005
Watchable, sporadically amusing and ultimately frustrating, because Allen is capable of so much more, but doesn't appear interested -- or willing -- to push himself any longer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2005
It becomes increasingly clear that Allen's idea of otherness is frozen in another era. The dividing line between the in-crowd and the out-crowd is as clear as ever, he just can't see it from where he stands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2005
Here the Allen surrogate is Will Ferrell playing a failed actor, all flailing gestures and squinty eyes. Whenever he's onscreen, the film comes alive. Otherwise, not so.
March 24, 2005
Simply put: There's not much trenchant pathos in the former, while the guffaws are far between in the latter.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2005
The real drama here is pretentious Woody trying to catch a ride on funny, formerly saleable Woody.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2005
Ferrell, Mitchell and Ejiofor are all superfine, but the whole cast acts up admirably. And Allen's writing is as good and sharp as anything he has done recently.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 23, 2005
A movie about the symbiosis of the filmmaker and the audience, who are required to conspire in the creation of an imaginary world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2005
I think this Woody Allen's best film in maybe fifteen years.
March 18, 2005
With a grabber performance by Radha Mitchell as both Melindas, this dually plotted exercise is fun to see and even fun to ruminate about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2005
There are plenty of gently amusing lines here ... and many nostalgic pleasures.
March 18, 2005
Too bad Allen didn't throw out the grim half of the movie and start over.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2005
Not enough to say [Allen] has returned to form, but enough to remind you of what that form was.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2005
Two lousy movies for the price of one.
March 17, 2005
Melinda and Melinda is perhaps best thought of as an offering to the memories of Ernst Lubitsch and George S. Kaufman, half-forgotten culture heroes whose examples of crisp sophistication deserve to be kept alive for future generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2005
An invigorating return to the brainy but breezy New York story that reinvents the ways in which stories can be told cinematically.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2005
The best reason to see Melinda and Melinda is Radha Mitchell, who has her grabbiest role (or two of them) since she broke through with High Art.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 15, 2005
Neither comedy nor tragedy, the movie is closest to genteel soap opera.
March 10, 2005
Woody Allen is back in fighting form with Melinda and Melinda.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2005
The sensitive dual female role for femme lead Radha Mitchell stirs memories of complex Allen heroines from Annie Hall on down, even if the action is dispersed via a larger ensemble cast which he currently favors.
February 23, 2005
Mitchell's nuanced intensity as the vulnerable Melinda, especially in her more high-strung incarnation, is key to the film's success.