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Alice

1990
Romance
Comedy
1h 46m
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Avg Percentile 45.85% from 571 total ratings

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Rated 27 Feb 2010
7
67th
"Geez, nothing shocks New York cab drivers."
Rated 19 May 2007
100
95th
Terrific fantasy/comedy from Woody. Unusually warm and deep
Rated 24 May 2017
40
14th
Woody was trying to do some new things with some topics that are old hat. I credit him for trying but it didn't work for me.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
71
73rd
Luke is great in his last role. Critically drubbed upon release and not very popular at the box office, this is actually pretty good; its look at how various societal conventions (like marriage and religion) restrict women is heavy-handed and underdeveloped but the cast is perfect and this works a lot better as a fantasy about self-discovery and finding your heart than it does as a feminist rewrite of _Alice in Wonderland_.
Rated 19 Oct 2016
5
93rd
A fun bag of magic-realism tricks, warm and exuberant even in its interior moments of meditation, which levels hilarious satire at the social elite and finds transcendence in acid trip self-discovery. The irrationalities of people falling in and out of love is a well-trodden path for Allen - and no less true or romantic than it ever has been - but the protagonist's deep-seated Catholic guilt is a swerve from a filmmaker usually associated with Jewish anxiety. Debt to Carroll, Fellini, Bunuel.
Rated 23 Jul 2017
40
19th
Shrugable. Mantegna and Hurt are quite good, though.
Rated 04 Mar 2010
4
35th
Gets better throughout and the payoff is good but the stuff leading up to it wasn't that great. Want to watch one of the most awkward scenes ever? Check out Mia Farrow flirting with Joe Mantegna in the beginning of the film, man that was painful to watch. And as a rule the Woody movies where Farrow is the lead really make you long for Keaton to come back.
Rated 16 Feb 2024
65
65th
Very uneven. Much of it feels like Allen on auto-pilot, done better elsewhere, with the infidelities, and Alice having conversations with her psychic manifestations of people, and these heavy Bergmanesque guilt trips melding with humorous magic realism. Except that some of it is still undeniably very good.
Rated 02 Aug 2011
75
59th
This is certainly an odd duck. It's like Purple Rose of Cairo but with far less cohesion. While the magical realism seems to awkwardly fit in with the aristocratic Manhattan setting, and Mia Farrow drags the picture with her boring meekness, I can't get over how great the cinematography and art direction blend together. It is a gorgeous film; I'd dare to aver that it's one of Woody Allen's most beautiful looking movies. And out of nowhere, Joe Mantegna is the best I've ever seen him.
Rated 11 May 2008
5
81st
Charming and thoughtful leap of faith from the Farrow/Allen team.
Rated 05 Jun 2023
6
50th
This movie LOOKS really good. The red lights in the doctor's office, the scene with Mantegna and Judy Davis and the TVs, the night scenes with Baldwin, the circus scene, the scene in Mantegna's apartment etc. There's a lot of flair here not present in something like H&W or Aphrodite, which is surprising given this is one of the least-viewed Woodys. Anyway the movie is OK, cribs a lot from Another Woman and is overlong but well-acted and occasionally funny. That's about all there is to say here.
Rated 29 Feb 2012
77
62nd
i put this movie off for a loooong time for only one reason: i really don't like mia farrow. i was surprised enough to find a pretty fun movie here, even if not tip top form for allen. my biggest gripe is that alice tate leaves her husband for a stupid reason when, in actuality she could have stayed with him and accomplished the things she used as an excuse to leave in the first place. now, if she would have just said that she didn't love him anymore, that would have been completely different
Rated 10 Mar 2011
60
36th
"You have a nice personality, and you like sweaters." Yes she does. Yes she does. This is alright, but it's kind of boring at times. It has its serious subject matter, kind of like Another Woman from 1988, but loosens up a bit with the magical Chinese healer. It's more fun than funny, but it's certainly better than some other Allen stuff from this era. Some of it. Here's the thing though. In Woody Allen movie Mia Farrow annoys the shit out of me. She's the worst.
Rated 03 Dec 2011
2
39th
Pleasant. The script is decent, but never spectaculary creative, dramatic or funny, and let down by an anticlimatic finish. Cinematography is lovely.
Rated 09 Jul 2019
60
30th
You like jazz?
Rated 09 Apr 2009
25
43rd
Moderately amusing comedy of a search for individuality.
Rated 12 May 2014
60
38th
zaten sevmezdim ama bu filmde Mia Farrow'a tahammül edemedim resmen. cok sevimsiz bir kadın; bir enerjisi, ışığı yok; cok da kotü bir oyuncu. Woody Allen da yazamamiş; bu sefer de Fellini'cilik oynamiş ama film saçma sapan fantezilerden ibaret, senaryo çok kötü. öyle Fellini izleyip gaza gelmekle olmuyor bu işler. iyi filmleri var ama ondan bundan fikir apartmakla oluşmuş Woody'nin sinema kariyerinin büyük bölümü. kimse kusura bakmasın.
Rated 22 Oct 2013
74
48th
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Rated 12 Nov 2022
4
44th
Couldn't quite get a bead on this one. The middle aged mom has a midlife crisis / affair / wants to become a writer stuff was one, perfectly viable movie... then clapped together with the magic and invisibility and love potions it just became unwieldy and a bit bizarre. Not exactly feeling the sizzling sexual tension between Mia Farrow and Joe Mantegna, lol.
Rated 28 Sep 2012
55
23rd
Most Allen movies deal with adultery, it comes with the turf. But it usually has something to say about relationships, or it comes from somewhere. In Alice, Allen's title character (Farrow) has a fair home life and is essentially just bored. The act of wanting to cheat comes across unwarranted and affects the likeability of the main character, which then makes the comedic screenplay simply not work.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
58th
A clever foray into magic realism, mostly enjoyable but a little insubstantial.
Rated 07 Nov 2015
84
75th
I guess I'm the only one who really loved this picture.
Rated 17 Mar 2009
40
71st
The fully mature Woody Allen in one of his playful moods. Certainly the subject-matter in itself could not be found to be too light. The trouble is not that Allen doesn't take the reality seriously; it's that he doesn't take the fantasy seriously. That might be all right for the man who prefers to spend all his viewing hours watching democracy-in-action on C-SPAN, but it's not all right for the man who chooses voluntarily to write and direct a fantasy.
Rated 19 Apr 2011
65
28th
Some Woody Allen movies hit a perfect note and have a clear, focused voice that makes them stand out as something special. Then there are ones like Alice that feel like a hurried mishmash of earlier Allen films and never come together to form a cohesive whole. This movie was ALL over the place, both in terms of tone and story. It felt like the scraps of other projects amalgamated into one mediocre script. I did enjoy Mia Farrow's performance though. Definitely one of Allen's weakest films.
Rated 26 Jun 2015
91
75th
"I really like sax."
Rated 05 Mar 2009
100
91st
The entire cast sparkles in this gentle adult fantasy about self-discovery and self-fulfillment. The comedy premise is slight, but the payoff is magical.
Rated 13 Aug 2012
84
63rd
A nice blend of real and ethereal. Joe Mantegna is great.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
50
16th
Visually bold, but Farrow's take on Alice's meekness is not engaging. Worse, Mantegna as a romantic lead? Even Baldwin phones it it, though on paper he seems perfect for the Cheshire Cat role. Probably Allen's worst film.
Rated 13 Nov 2009
8
89th
Would make a good double feature with The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Rated 09 May 2020
53
41st
To me there’s a pattern to Allen’s films: the ones where he adds a fantastical element are usually among the lower tier of his filmography. There are exceptions - Midnight in Paris comes to mind - but Alice is not one. E.g. Chinese invisibility herbs do not add anything to the film and it would have worked better without them. Otherwise It’s the usual stuff with Farrow playing a neurotic woman who is unhappy in her life and marriage. Cast is impressive with Hurt, Baldwin, Shepherd et al.

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