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Melinda and Melinda
While Woody Allen has long fused comedy and drama in his films, he embraces the two styles in a new and unusual way in this feature. Sy (Wallace Shawn) is enjoying dinner with some friends when they begin debating the nature of the tragic and the humorous. Sy, observing that a very fine line separates the two, decides to demonstrate this notion by showing how the same essential story can be either funny or sad depending on the way certain elements are handled; for the rest of the film, we jump back and forth between two versions of the story of Melinda (Radha Mitchell), a young woman with some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neither version of Melinda, despite Mitchell‚(TM)s game try at making them distinctive beyond their different hairdos, is funny or tragic enough to fully engage us; there‚(TM)s no opportunity for an audience to be moved."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Has a fascinating premise; it's the execution that's sloppy."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Great premise, but talky dramedy doesn't deliver."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Mitchell, in her dual role, gives a breakout performance (two of them, in fact)."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"All the inner workings of "Melinda and Melinda" show that Allen has finally risen above, returned to his position as a fine filmmaker."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"The Shawn character says, 'Moments of humor do exist (in life). I exploit them, but in a tragic context.' Allen couldn't have said it better himself."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"The comic and tragic stories are cleverly intercut, but they're both so inconsequential that it's hard to bring yourself to care which one you're watching."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"While the main lure for audiences--Will Ferrell--is basically forgettable, Allen does compose one fascinating and witty look at the human mind and its own ability to depict events through our own sub-conscious preference."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A movie just shouldn't feel like homework. And with the constant shift in stories and repeatedly reinvented characters, unless you're in the mood for taking notes, you're going to feel like you're invited to rehearsals, rather than the finished product."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"It has great performances, snappy one-liners and a likeably tricksy structure, all wrapped up in an affirmative antidote to life's daunting complexities. Welcome back, Woody."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"It's middle-rung Woody, but compared to such dismal efforts as "Hollywood Ending" and "Anything Else," the movie is a godsend."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's pleasant and challenging enough, in fits and starts, and certainly not the embarrassment of his last few movies."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Reminds us there is little to divide comedy from tragedy, and that neither comes exclusively. After all, the tears of sorrow and the tears of joy both come from the same place, and dampen a tissue with equal intensity."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Allen presents the side-by-side stories as if to compare the comic and tragic views of experience, and it might work but for the fact that the two [playwrights] come up with dissimilar plots featuring different characters played mostly by different actors"
‑ Alan Dale,
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