A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy


A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 25


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Movie Info

When three turn-of-the-century couples travel to the country for a weekend, they find more than they bargained for as they deal with a torrent of sexual frustrations as a result their various attractions to each other.

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Critic Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (6)

  • It's Allen's refusal to bask in the spotlight -- his willingness and determination to preserve and enhance the ensemble -- that makes Sex Comedy the delight that it is.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's funny and sweet in spots, though the light moments get lost in the haze of imitation and ambitiousness.

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Warm, romantic and old-fashioned.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Picturesque but uncertain.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

  • Sep 11, 2011
    The plot is loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night. This was the first of 13 movies that Allen would make starring Mia Farrow. Farrow's role was originally written for another famous Allen lead actress, Diane Keaton, but she was busy promoting her film Reds and preparing to begin production on Shoot the Moon. It also marks the first appearance of Allen as an ensemble performer in his own film, as previously he had either been the lead character or did not appear in his films. Julie Hagerty, Mary Steenburgen, Tony Roberts and Jose Ferrer co-starred. With beautiful cinematography and classical soundtrack by Felix Mendhelsson this is a nice and easy comedy.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2011
    A surprisingly weak film from Allen during a time when he was at his creative peak. The problem is that the 'magical' element just doesn't work here, and the characters are not very appealing.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2010
    I always forget how funny Woody can be.
    Julie B Super Reviewer

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