Diners debate life's inherent comedy and tragedy via parallel stories about a woman's (Radha Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life.
" A movie that too often is dull and duller, an exercise posing as a full-blown drama. Or is it posing as a comedy? "
" Half works, and the half that doesn't work isn't so bad that it's not worth sitting through to see a Woody Allen comedy starring Will Ferrell. "
" 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. "
" At this point, Allen may be the only guy laughing at his jokes. "
" It's middle-rung Woody, but compared to such dismal efforts as "Hollywood Ending" and "Anything Else," the movie is a godsend. "
" The tragedy is not particularly tragic except in rote recitation of what came before, the comedy not particularly comic. "
" A step in the right direction, yes. A masterpiece, no. Still, it's a big step, one that at least bears comparison with much of Mr. Allen's better work. "
" Has a fascinating premise; it's the execution that's sloppy. "
" What makes Melinda and Melinda particularly fun -- despite a creakiness in many of the jokes -- is that Allen seems to be thinking about his own penchant for merging comedy with tragedy. "
" 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. "
" Melinda and Melinda does have its faults, but it's plainly the work of a master filmmaker. "
" Allen lately has grown tired of complex characters and inventive actors to play them. He appears to be making movies because that's what he's always done, but the love and the ideas and the zip are essentially gone. "
" I couldn't buy that two supposedly sophisticated theater people could be so simpleminded about what defines comedy and tragedy. I also couldn't believe in most of the characters, including either version of Melinda. "
" Neither version of Melinda, despite Mitchella(TM)s game try at making them distinctive beyond their different hairdos, is funny or tragic enough to fully engage us; therea(TM)s no opportunity for an audience to be moved. "
" "300: Rise of an Empire" plays like a collaboration between the Marquis de Sade and Michael Bay. Or maybe the History Channel and the "Saw" franchise. "
" Overcoming the handicap of an overt, writerly device, Allen crafts a warm comedy and a painful tragedy right before our eyes. "
" It is a stunt, but at least it is a serious one. "
" The details are so complex and interconnected, it becomes more comfortable to let it all wash over you and simply appreciate the passing pleasures. "
" It's pleasant and challenging enough, in fits and starts, and certainly not the embarrassment of his last few movies. "
" Sin City is the most gorgeous digital movie ever made. It represents a stunning leap forward in both the technology of digital cinema and the art of filmmaking. "
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