Melinda and Melinda Reviews

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May 12, 2006
Neither version of Melinda, despite Mitchellâ(TM)s game try at making them distinctive beyond their different hairdos, is funny or tragic enough to fully engage us; thereâ(TM)s no opportunity for an audience to be moved.
May 27, 2005
Happy proof that news of Allen's artistic death has been much exaggerated.
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.
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.
April 2, 2005
Has a fascinating premise; it's the execution that's sloppy.
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 1, 2005
It's pleasant and challenging enough, in fits and starts, and certainly not the embarrassment of his last few movies.
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.
April 1, 2005
It is a stunt, but at least it is a serious one.
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?
April 1, 2005
Overcoming the handicap of an overt, writerly device, Allen crafts a warm comedy and a painful tragedy right before our eyes.
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.
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.
March 31, 2005
At this point, Allen may be the only guy laughing at his jokes.
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.
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.
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.
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