Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 40
    Mighty Aphrodite may take its thematic and structural cues from Greek tragedy, but it's second-rate Borscht Belt all the way.
  2. Allen gets a chance to unload all his usual patronizing contempt for and middle-class "wisdom" about his own working-class origins.
  3. 88
    The movie reveals its serious undertones (with commentary by the Greek chorus, which occasionally breaks into song and dance) while at the same time developing a plot that lends itself to slapstick.
  4. A sketchy trifle that is sporadically amusing but also off-putting around the edges.
  5. 75
    Allen appears determined to craft a motion picture that can be laughed at without plumbing any especially deep neuroses of the human condition.
  6. 60
    An uneven blend of mirth and malice.
  7. Reviewed by: Leah Garchik
    75
    Woody Allen's incredible wit is at the heart of all that's wonderful in Mighty Aphrodite, and Woody Allen's incredible ego is at the core of its major flaw.
  8. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    75
    It was only natural that Allen would eventually have to make a Greek drama.
  9. Fans of Allen, the comedian, will be glad to hear there are more chuckles here than in his last film, "Bullets Over Broadway." Fans of Allen, the plot craftsman, will find a lot less discipline and imagination in the writing. In truth, Mighty Aphrodite is mighty slight.
  10. Dependably well made and not quite like any Allen film that came before. Nimble film making like this isn’t necessarily geared to the magnum opus, but Mr. Allen can achieve fine, amusing results even while thinking small. [27 October 1995, P.C1]
  11. 60
    It treads enjoyably over old ground, and it has a surprisingly foul mouth, though rather than cruising along with the ease of Allen's best work it tends to hobble, and it closes in a flurry of undecided endings.
  12. Reviewed by: Harlan Jacobson
    60
    Is there no one in Allen's circle who dares to tell the master this ain't funny?
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Allen's connective scenes are slack and barely functional, and even his asides lack bite.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A zippy, frothy confection that emerges as agreeable middle-range Woody.
  15. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    70
    It's a mixed bag--deftly and hilariously philosophical in some places, deeply disengaged and prosaic in others.
  16. In this loser-and-the-whore story line, Allen's sensibilities have taken a turn for the nasty.

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