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Melinda and Melinda Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The best reason to see Melinda and Melinda is Radha Mitchell, who has her grabbiest role (or two of them) since she broke through with "High Art."

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Full of entertaining vignettes that eventually make a happy mockery, as they're meant to do, of the tragedy vs. comedy dialectic.

  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Woody's back on solid ground with his first memorable pic of the new millennium.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Smart, satisfying and compact but so modest in scale that only true-blue fans will sense - immediately - that it's Woody Allen's best outing in many years.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In its complexity and wit, this is one of his (Allen's) best recent films.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Great premise, but talky dramedy doesn't deliver.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language, explicit sexual references, drinking, smoking, drug abuse, and references to murder and suicide.

  • Families can talk about the differences and similarities between comedy and tragedy. In another Woody Allen movie, a character says that comedy is "tragedy plus time." What does that mean?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Attempted suicides.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, including adultery.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, abuse of prescription drugs.