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  • Summary: This film combines romantic comedy and drama in a way that Woody Allen, unique among filmmakers, likes to contrast. (Fox Searchlight)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. 88
    In its complexity and wit, this is one of his (Allen's) best recent films.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    80
    Radha Mitchell stirs memories of complex Allen heroines from Annie Hall on down, even if the action is dispersed via a larger ensemble cast which he currently favors.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    Though Melinda is no masterpiece, it’s also an Allen film that requires almost zero special pleading.
  4. Whatever you think of Melinda and Melinda, you have to admire Woody Allen for this: After years of criticism that he didn't use people of color in films, he's written two interracial romances.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    50
    Not since Edward Norton kicked his own butt in Fight Club has the screen witnessed such a brutal self-drubbing.
  6. It's merely all right--very high-concept and on its way to interesting, but never there.
  7. These days, Allen's pictures are more like snuff films, in which the viewer must suffer both gifted actors committing screen hara-kiri and a once-brilliant filmmaker soldiering on with his long, bullheaded decline.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. WallyS.
    Dec 8, 2005
    8
    Woody Allen is in good shape, he creates a wonderfull plot full of autentic characters that are performed with majesty. Definetly, a cult film to see over and over again, just to capture the delightfull essence of the story, that is great. Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2011
    5
    Melinda and Melinda is not a particularly bad film, but just a limp one. In many ways, that's worse. The switching between a comic and tragic interpretation of the same movie keeps afloat with thought, but the film itself is rather empty, and neither story is particularly strong on its own. Expand
  3. TonyB.
    Jan 3, 2006
    4
    Although it has an interesting premise, there is really only one reason to see this film, and that is Radha Mitchell's performance, one of the best of the year. Expand
  4. CraigA.
    Jun 12, 2006
    1
    Just rubbish. Stilted, unnatural dialogue, wooden performances, pretensious and bourgious. Its concept is supposedly the same story told two different ways. Its not. Its two different stories told the same way - badly. Expand
  5. SusanM
    Dec 29, 2005
    1
    I rented this pitiful "film." I am appalled that anybody was willing to fund this. It reminded me of a beginning acting class where people pair up and do scenes in front of the class and "act" with all the realism of a piece of wood. Moreover, the archaic dialoge just sounded ridiculous. Does Mr. Allen ever listen to contemporary conversations? Oh, and everyone is an accomplished musician and they only like Cole Porter! "I was walking along a sidewalk and there was a piano. I used to play in high school. Actually, I gave concerts." Puh-lease. The only cast member I didn't pity was Amanda Peet, who emerged from this mess without losing any dignity. Can't say the same for everyone else. Hey, what did you guys think? Expand
  6. GregT.
    Nov 9, 2005
    0
    Rhonda asks how anyone can hate a Woody Allen movie...easy, just watch this one.

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