Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 8, 2011
    100
    Allen eventually gets to the heart of this matter: the allure and danger of nostalgia.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 27, 2011
    100
    A movie that's loving and wistful and often hysterically funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 17, 2011
    100
    In a film so ripe with temptations for posturing, exaggeration and satirical overacting, nobody is anything less than natural, unpretentious and funny as hell.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 19, 2011
    90
    In Woody Allen's beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn't at all what it used to be - it's smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 19, 2011
    90
    It is marvelously romantic, even though - or precisely because - it acknowledges the disappointment that shadows every genuine expression of romanticism.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    May 19, 2011
    90
    The best Allen movie in 10 years, or maybe even close to 20 - is all about that idea: Reckoning with the past as a real place, but also worrying about the limits of nostalgia.
  7. 90
    This supernatural comedy isn't just Allen's best film in more than a decade; it's the only one that manages to rise above its tidy parable structure and be easy, graceful, and glancingly funny, as if buoyed by its befuddled hero's enchantment.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 12, 2011
    90
    Darius Khondji's cinematography evokes to the hilt the gorgeously inviting Paris of so many people's imaginations (while conveniently ignoring the rest), and the film has the concision and snappy pace of Allen's best work.
  9. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    May 12, 2011
    90
    Woody Allen's time-travelling comedy Midnight In Paris is a valentine to Paris and an absolute delight.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 10, 2011
    88
    A lovely jaunt that ends up becoming one of Allen's most enjoyable films, start-to-finish, in years.
  11. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jun 2, 2011
    88
    Midnight in Paris is not a perfect movie - as in "Julie & Julia" one senses its creator's impatience to leave the bleached-out present for the colorful past. But it is warm and effortless, qualities that make it embraceable.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 26, 2011
    88
    Led by Wilson and Cotillard, the ensemble makes the most of the material that works, and makes the best of the rest of it.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 25, 2011
    88
    Owen Wilson is a key to the movie's appeal. He makes Gil so sincere, so enthusiastic.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 19, 2011
    88
    What's fresh about Midnight in Paris is the way he (Allen) identifies with Gil's idealization of the past, of the Paris that represented art and life at their fullest.
  15. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 2, 2011
    83
    Allen's filmmaking technique isn't what it once was, true. But at age 75 he still manages to keep a spry pace going even if something less than impeccable craft hobbles the photography and editing.
  16. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    May 26, 2011
    80
    A delicious trifle for anyone who has ever dreamt of bantering about the cinema with Luis Buñuel or lounging at the piano to hear Cole Porter sing "Let's Do It."
  17. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    May 26, 2011
    80
    Woody Allen's bad movies often seem to be taking place in some kind of upper-class fantasy world, which may be the reason I find this upfront fantasy to be his funniest, most agreeable comedy in years.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 20, 2011
    80
    As in "Purple Rose," the film works best when tweaking the disparate worlds thrown together, though "Midnight" is frothier, and so Wilson shines.
  19. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    May 19, 2011
    80
    With Midnight in Paris, Allen has lightened up, allowed himself a treat and in the process created a gift for us and him.
  20. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 17, 2011
    80
    This is prime Woody Allen - insightful, philosophical and very funny.
  21. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    May 17, 2011
    80
    The latest in a long line of actors playing a "Woody Allen type" in a Woody Allen film, Wilson bends his own recognizably nasal Texan drawl into an exaggerated pattern of staccatos and glissandos that's obviously modeled on the writer/director's near-musical verbal cadences.
  22. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 13, 2011
    80
    Allen seems to be paying attention in a way he hasn't always done in recent films, and has found a way to channel his often-caustic misanthropy, half-comic fear of death and anti-American bitterness into agreeable comic whimsy.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 12, 2011
    80
    Like a swoony lost chapter from "Paris, je t'aime" agreeably extended to feature length.
  24. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jun 9, 2011
    78
    Quite simply, Midnight in Paris is charming – très charmant, to ape the argot of the locals. I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as this is very much an outsider's valentine to the City of Lights.
  25. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 10, 2011
    75
    A fanciful French cousin to Allen's "Zelig" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," yet the fulfilled wish for a better life is high-concept absurdity without high-anxiety guffaws.
  26. 75
    Certainly, his (Allen) work here feels effortless, and that feather-light touch gives the picture its charm – modest but real.
  27. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jun 2, 2011
    75
    Midnight in Paris initially seems like a departure for Allen, but the prevailing theme blends right in with the rest of his canon.
  28. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jun 1, 2011
    75
    But lo! Isn't that Owen Wilson, blond and goyische to the gills, yet faithfully replicating the put-upon slump of the Allen shoulders, the quavering stammers about art vs. success, literature vs. Hollywood?
  29. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jun 1, 2011
    75
    Souffle-light and long on charm.
  30. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 28, 2011
    75
    A sweet-natured trifle, as flavorful and as thin as a crepe.
  31. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 27, 2011
    75
    Sheer pleasure to watch, full of rich visuals and felicitous comic turns.
  32. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 21, 2011
    75
    A sweet, not altogether satisfying variation on the fantasy-becomes-reality conceit he (Allen) used in his Depression-era "The Purple Rose of Cairo."
  33. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 20, 2011
    75
    Owen Wilson turns out to be the best Woody Allen surrogate by far.
  34. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 19, 2011
    75
    The familiar dialogue here makes one long for something closer to the edginess of "Manhattan" or the offbeat humor of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
  35. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 19, 2011
    75
    The film is constructed in such a way that suspension of disbelief isn't too hard because there's something universal in what Allen explores. Like Santa Claus, we know it's not real but the idea is so appealing that we go along with the fantasy.
  36. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May 18, 2011
    75
    Allen has fun in his imaginary French capital, turning his star-studded cast loose to interpret their characters as they wish.
  37. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    May 21, 2011
    70
    A trifle in both senses of the word: a feather-light, disposable thing, and a rich dessert appealingly layered with cake, jam, and cream.
  38. Reviewed by: David Denby
    May 16, 2011
    70
    Midnight has one big problem: Allen hardly gives Gil a perceptive moment. He's awestruck and fumbling - he doesn't possess, to our eyes, the conviction of a writer. But who knows? He's young.
  39. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    May 19, 2011
    67
    An unassuming wisp of a movie, Midnight In Paris finds Woody Allen penning a love letter to the City Of Lights, albeit one whose sentiments could easily fit on a postcard.
  40. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jun 11, 2011
    63
    A hymn to that beautiful city, is among his least consequential efforts. It's attractive and easy to slip into, but he didn't put enough thought into the design, and it soon falls apart.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 450 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 124
  1. Feb 13, 2012
    8
    I'm ashamed of myself that I never watched a single Woody Allen movie until now. "Midnight in Paris" is just simply dazzling. The script isI'm ashamed of myself that I never watched a single Woody Allen movie until now. "Midnight in Paris" is just simply dazzling. The script is smart and provokes intriguing ideas, Owen Wilson is a crappy actor, but not in this movie; Woody Allen pulls out his usefulness and makes him act in his superior form. This is a film any moviegoer or book lover can enjoy altogether. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2011
    10
    It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy thisIt may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy this Woody Allen fan. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    3
    Should be titled "Forest Gump in Paris". Nothing more than a cliche romance occasionally highlighted by the most one dimensional and plasticShould be titled "Forest Gump in Paris". Nothing more than a cliche romance occasionally highlighted by the most one dimensional and plastic portrayal of famous historical figures. Witless and corny. Full Review »