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.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 414 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 118
  2. Negative: 8 out of 118
  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 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 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 plastic portrayal of famous historical figures. Witless and corny. Full Review »