88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In its complexity and wit, this is one of his (Allen's) best recent films.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Smart, satisfying and compact but so modest in scale that only true-blue fans will sense - immediately - that it's Woody Allen's best outing in many years.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Woody's back on solid ground with his first memorable pic of the new millennium.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Full of entertaining vignettes that eventually make a happy mockery, as they're meant to do, of the tragedy vs. comedy dialectic.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With Melinda and Melinda he's (Allen) not just going through the motions. He's saying the game isn't over before you laugh till it hurts.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
More accomplished, adventurous and original. Instead of Allen's usual investigation into the nature of existence, this new film looks at the way stories are created, particularly comedies.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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."
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
But Allen can still write a good joke and there are some here. Not enough to say he has returned to form, but enough to remind you of what that form was.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The dialogue rings tinny in the ear, as if enunciated in the phony arc of a stage light.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Doesn't entirely work.
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54 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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