Puccini for Beginners

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  • Summary: With a sophisticated blend of humor and irony, this screwball sex comedy twists and turns with all the drama of classic Puccini. (Strand Releasing)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 80
    Kirk and Mol are convincing, easily inhabiting their respective roles.
  2. Puccini for Beginners, which takes its title from its heroine's passion for opera, isn't just another trendy toe-dip in sexual experimentation. It may not be the real world of New York, or even of most relationships, but it's worth a visit.
  3. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    70
    Brainy and balmy.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    While it tips its hat to screwball comedy, Puccini for Beginners owes more to contemporary sitcom. It also has way more in common with "Sex and the City" than "The L Word." None of that is entirely a bad thing in a film that never really soars but has enough breezy humor.
  5. 50
    Puccini for Beginners may divide individual audience members. It divided me; rarely have I seen a film simultaneously so good and so bad.
  6. Awkward, unconvincing bisexual roundelay.
  7. But when mechanical plots are a drama's main engine, we look for something else to divert us, preferably good comedy. That's in short supply, unfortunately. And it's no fun to sit through the movie's retread Woody Allenisms.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PaulB.
    Sep 5, 2007
    9
    Intelligent comedy, although the ending left me somewhat dissatisfied. The resolution after things came to a head just didn't ring true, Intelligent comedy, although the ending left me somewhat dissatisfied. The resolution after things came to a head just didn't ring true, but getting to that point was laugh out loud funny. If Philip Roth jokes make sense to you, then you'll find this funny; otherwise you'll be confused and angry like some of the reviewers above. Expand
  2. MichaelG.
    Jul 6, 2007
    9
    I read a review that described this as Woody Allen meets "Kissing Jessica Stein," and since I love "Kissing Jessica Stein" I couldn't I read a review that described this as Woody Allen meets "Kissing Jessica Stein," and since I love "Kissing Jessica Stein" I couldn't wait to see this. I wasn't disappointed at all. While not as great as "Kissing Jessica Stein" I still loved it. It's smart, funny, and sophisticated. I loved Elizabeth Reaser in it. She was really cute and I loved her character. I really like Reaser. It's funny because even though she didn't have much to do in The Family Stone, there was something about her that I found so appealing. Since then she's been in Sweet Land and appeared on Grey's Anatomy. It's just too bad this isn't from a bigger studio than Strand because that limits its availability. My video store didn't get it so I got it from Netflix. After watching it I had to order a copy right away to add to my collection. It's a gem that I definitely recommend. Grade: 9/10 (A-) Expand
  3. KG
    Apr 8, 2007
    8
    This movie was filled with witty dialogue, funny interludes, and commentary on sexuality. Even as you worry about the main character Allegra, This movie was filled with witty dialogue, funny interludes, and commentary on sexuality. Even as you worry about the main character Allegra, you can't help but laugh at the impossible situation in which she is entangled. Expand

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