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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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  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. It all looks easy when it's carried off this smoothly. But as any number of stilted duds can attest, applying a Philip Barry or Woody Allen sensibility to 21st-century New Yorkers in their 30s is as delicate a craft as diamond cutting.
  4. 60
    Bisexuality certainly increases the geometric possibilities of the romantic comedy, completing its triangles and allowing for quadrangles and other, more amorphous layers of amorous involvement.
  5. Awkward, unconvincing bisexual roundelay.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    There's also precious little chemistry between the players. Only Mol has any charm of which to speak, and, frankly, she deserves much better.
  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