Mighty Aphrodite

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Mighty Aphrodite may not stand with Woody Allen's finest work, but it's brought to vivid life by a thoroughly winsome performance from Mira Sorvino.

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When Lenny (Woody Allen) and his wife, Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), adopt a baby, Lenny realizes that his son is a genius and becomes obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant too. But when he learns that Max's mother is Linda Ash (Mira Sorvino), a kindhearted prostitute and porn star, Lenny is determined to reform her immoral lifestyle. A Greek chorus chimes in to relate the plot to Greek mythology in this quirky comedy.

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Critic Reviews for Mighty Aphrodite

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for Mighty Aphrodite

  • Oct 28, 2011
    A delightful treat, quirky and witty. Mira Sorvino is amazing as a hooker!!!!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    I didn't like this movie as much as others did, I found Sorvino's acting less than memorable. The premise is interesting but it doesn't know where to go with it. Yet, like with most Allen films that aren't as good as his others, 'Mighty Aphrodite' is still witty and funny and Allen is as good as usual as a performer bringing life to a movie.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2009
    I find Woody Allen to be very hit/miss. This one is a hit. Mira Sorvino is terrific, the subconscious Greek theatre angle is wonderful and I adore the extreme lack of editting - it really lets the actors and the scene flow without interruption. It's just a shame that Helena Bonham Carter is completely wasted.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2008
    <i>"Of all human weaknesses, obsession is the most dangerous, and the silliest!"</i> When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a prostitute. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> 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.
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