A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Woody Allen brings a diverting whimsy and a hopeful innocence to this period roundelay, based upon Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer's Night and Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game. Allen plays Andrew, a Wall Street broker and eccentric inventor who is having frigidity problems with his wife Adrian (Mary Steenburgen). Adrian and Andrew are the hosts, at their summer house in the country, of a wedding party for Ariel (Mia Farrow) and Leopold (Jose Ferrer), a famed academic who is Andrew's cousin. Over the weekend, another couple converges at Andrew's summer home -- the sly,… More

Available Online

Buy & Rent
- Rent SD $2.99
- Rent HD $3.99
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's funny and sweet in spots, though the light moments get lost in the haze of imitation and ambitiousness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There doesn't seem to be a driving idea behind it, a confident tone to give us the sure notion that Allen knows what he wants to do here."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Allen has no affinity for Renoir's robust generosity, yet this study does wonders for his filmmaking"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy circles around the nuances of love-a web that both tantalizes and confounds Americans."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This Midsummerâ(TM)s Night is fun, witty, and wild, although ultimately forgettable."
‑ David Perini, Apollo Guide
"A pleasant disappointment, pleasant because he gets all the laughs he goes for in a visually charming, sweetly paced picture, a disappointment because he doesn't go for more."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Picturesque but uncertain."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's not classic Woody, but it has a warmly human attractiveness about it."
‑ , Film4
"Top-flight Allen. Probably his most gorgeous color film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A poor second fiddle to stuff like Porky's."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Warm, romantic and old-fashioned."
‑ , Time Out
"Inspired by Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, andwith a touch of Renoir's Rules of the Game, this period comedy is a minor work, a trifle in Allen's career, worth seeing for some of the supporting acting."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's one of Allen's lightest trifles, but it too contains enough funny jokes and fantasy moments to make it a small treasure."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not among Woody's most memorable, but it's still pleasant enough to warrant a visit."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
More reviews for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy on Rotten Tomatoes