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Midnight in Paris Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

The past isn't past. Read full review

4.5

Grae Drake Profile

C'est magnifique! Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    81

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The familiar dialogue here makes one long for something closer to the edginess of "Manhattan" or the offbeat humor of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Allen has fun in his imaginary French capital, turning his star-studded cast loose to interpret their characters as they wish.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Jaunty romcom mines adult themes of marriage and career.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this imaginative romantic comedy, which represents a return to form for master filmmaker Woody Allen, includes some thematic material -- infidelity, professional boredom -- that may be too mature for younger teens. But given the movie's charming journey back to historic Paris and its lack of anything specifically risque, older teens may get a kick out of it. (Think of it as a witty history lesson.) There's smoking and drinking -- champagne, wine, and bourbon, especially in scenes depicting the roaring '20s.

  • Families can talk about why so many movies, especially romantic ones, take place in Paris. What's the allure? Do films like this set up an unrealistic expectation of both Paris and love?
  • Many of Allen's movies examine a certain type of boredom that besets relationships. What do they say about relationships in general and, specifically, about the lulls and doubts that inevitably set in?
  • Are you familiar with any of Allen's early work? Which filmmakers have stood the test of time?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: True joy comes in finding something you love and actually doing it and through questioning it in the process. Also: Relationships that don't affirm your essence have an uphill climb. In short, pick someone who can share your bliss.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: He may be meandering in disposition, but there's something to admire in a guy like Gil, who still holds hope for love and all that dreamy jazz.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: No violent scenes; some talk of bull fighting and war.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Couples flirt and kiss. An engaged man declares his interest in a woman who's not his fiancee. A woman admits to infidelity. Discussion about how one character has slept with many men.

  • language false1

    Language: Infrequent use of words like "hell" "damn," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some high-end labels, like Dior and Chopard, are seen on shopping bags and such, and they imply one family's wealth.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some of the characters date back to the gin- and bourbon-soaked 1920s, and they're shown swilling their nights away. One character is so inebriated that she threatens to drown herself. Several characters smoke.

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