Melinda and Melinda
Melinda and Melinda (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Woody Allen's uneven Melinda and Melinda fails to find neither comedy nor pathos in what seems like a rehash of his previous themes.

Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

James Berardinelli

Has a fascinating premise; it's the execution that's sloppy.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great premise, but talky dramedy doesn't deliver.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

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.

Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's middle-rung Woody, but compared to such dismal efforts as "Hollywood Ending" and "Anything Else," the movie is a godsend.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's pleasant and challenging enough, in fits and starts, and certainly not the embarrassment of his last few movies.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I guess I have to see it again. Don't watch M & M if you are tired - it is too confusing realizing which story you are in.
Spencer S.
Not since Gwyneth Paltrow's Sliding Doors has such a film drawn parallels between two sides of the same story based on cursory details. Allen tells the… More
Chris Weber
Woody Allen has long made both dramas and comedies, and even some hybrids of the two. This film though, is perhap the first time where he really blended them in… More
Ross Collins
One of those movies with so much dialogue that I've got to see three times before I can fully appreciate it - I don't have the power of concentration… More
Bathsheba Monk
Even in his weakest movies, Woody Allen manages to make me think, and M and M was no exception. Is life really a comedy or tragedy according to the way you… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Flawed by its predictability and lack of punch both in humour and drama. despite that obvious problems I found it quite inventive and pleasant, especially for… More