A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

When three turn-of-the-century couples travel to the country for a weekend, they find more than they bargained for as they deal with a torrent of sexual frustrations as a result their various attractions to each other.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 16, 1982
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not Woody Allen's best work, but the frothy, fun A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is still worth a look.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's funny and sweet in spots, though the light moments get lost in the haze of imitation and ambitiousness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Pure mid-period Allen, a muscle-stretching ensemble comedy with dramatic undertones and playful philosophical musings...Allen's characters ponder the permeable divide between lust and love, and the meanings of sexual intercourse... [Blu-ray]

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Picturesque but uncertain.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Time Out

Warm, romantic and old-fashioned.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's all very pleasant but also all very slight, with the humor and the romance both kept at too low a simmer.

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Fernando F. Croce

Allen has no affinity for Renoir's robust generosity, yet this study does wonders for his filmmaking

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Not Woody Allen's best - rather witty, but a little on the dull side.
Julie B
I always forget how funny Woody can be.
Melvin White
Andrew: He's a wonderful guy and a terrific doctor. Never lost a patient. Got a couple of them pregnant, but never lost one.† "Six characters in… More
jay nixon
Adequate reworking of A Midsummer's Night's Dream but hardly Woody's best. For so short a film it feels curiously inert.
Ken Stachnik
More or less Woody Allen playing himself in a Bergman film. Good for a few laughs, far from him best, far from his worst.
Jennifer Xu
I just realized that all of Woody Allen's movies LOOK quite different but they all have the unmistakable stamp of Woody still. This is such a beautiful… More