Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Mighty Aphrodite



Critic Consensus: 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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In this Woody Allen comedy, sportswriter Lenny and his wife Amanda adopt a baby boy. Years pass and the child grows up to be exceptionally bright, prompting the curious Lenny to search for the child's real mother. However, when Lenny finds her, she isn't exactly what he imagined she'd be.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 1999
Miramax Films


Woody Allen
as Lenny, Lenny Winerib
Mira Sorvino
as Linda Ash
Helena Bonham Carter
as Amanda Winerib
Jack Warden
as Tiresias
Peter Weller
as Jerry Bender
J. Smith-Cameron
as Bud's Wife
Donald Symington
as Amanda's Father
Claire Bloom
as Amanda's Mother
F Murray Abraham
as Greek Chorus Leader
Tucker Robin
as Infant Max
Nolan Tuffey
as Two-Year Old Max
Yvette Hawkins
as School Principal
Karin Haidorfer
as Park Avenue Woman
Gary Alper
as Park Avenue Man
Rosemary Murphy
as Adoption Coordinator
Peter McRobbie
as Linda's Ex-Landlord
Kathleen Doyle
as Ex-Landlord's Wife
Jennifer Greenhut
as Lenny's Secretary
Sondra James
as Operator
Paul Giamatti
as Extras Guild Researc...
William Addy
as Superintendent
Pamela Blair
as Greek Chorus Member
George De La Pena
as Greek Chorus Member
Dan Mullane
as Messenger
Thomas Durkin
as Race Announcer
Dan Moran
as Ricky, the Pimp
Paul Herman
as Ricky's Friend
Tony Sirico
as Boxing Trainer
Lisa Vidal
as Chorus
Al Cerullo
as Actual Helicopter Pi...
Tony Darrow
as Boxing Trainer
Ray Garvey
as Boxing Trainer
Joseph P. Coleman
as Porno Film Star
Georgette Pasare
as Porno Film Star
Bray Poor
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Mighty Aphrodite

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (14)

Were Mira Sorvino's all-redeeming, possibly best- list-bound performance to melt away, it would immediately be obvious how malnourished this amiably minor effort is.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

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

A minor comedy in Allen's work, though Mia Sorvino, who won an Oscar, shines as the prostitute, despite the director's condescending

Full Review… | July 2, 2011

'Mighty Aphrodite' only occasionally sparkles with witty dialogue reminiscent of Allen's earlier films, and that's not enough to resurrect the old Woody Allen magic.

Full Review… | May 28, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Surprisingly sweet Allen entry brought to life by Mira Sorvino.

November 12, 2005
Movie Metropolis


February 7, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Mighty Aphrodite

Better than average woody Allen movie. Like Mira Sorvino in this one. Didn't like the Greek chanters. Made no sense at all and no point them being there.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


"Of all human weaknesses, obsession is the most dangerous, and the silliest!"

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a prostitute.

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.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


Odd, like all of Woody's films. It was alright and kind of funny though.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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