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Midnight in Paris (2011)


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 205
Fresh: 191 | Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy Woody Allen fans.

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy Woody Allen fans.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 77,916


Movie Info

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, among others. -- (C) Sony Classics

PG-13 (for some sexual references and smoking)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Woody Allen
In Theaters:
Dec 20, 2011
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Midnight in Paris

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (191) | Rotten (14) | DVD (7)

It's fun and it's most welcome.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

"Midnight in Paris" is a bonbon to ease the craving for Allen's earlier, funnier films.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Midnight in Paris is a loving embrace of the city, of art and of life itself.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Our hero has found his groove among the Lost Generation and, for us, there's some amusement to be had in sharing Gil's thrills -- it's like stepping into a Classic Comics version of A Moveable Feast.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Midnight in Paris is charming and clever, at times wickedly astute and hopeful.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

Woody Allen attracts promising players and does nothing with them.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
The New Republic
Top Critic

I continue to be utterly taken with Midnight in Paris.

Full Review… | June 1, 2014
2UE That Movie Show

It's charming and smart, and riddled with little joys.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Daily Herald (IL)

It's attractive and easy to slip into, but [Allen] didn't put enough thought into the design, and it soon falls apart.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Charlotte Observer

It lacks the humor of Annie Hall. It lacks the depth of Manhattan. But it manages to entertain, mainly as an homage to Paris - a romp through the city's intellectual and artistic history.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

Souffle light and long on charm, one of Allen's wittiest and certainly his most literary

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The blend of charm, magic, wit, and characterization come together to make this an engaging and intellectually stimulating experience. This is a great film and one of the best of the year thus far.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012

The fact that Allen never explains how Bender bends time is a wise choice, there's no bogging down of the narrative which allows the flick to keep skipping along at a effervescent pace.

Full Review… | August 27, 2012

Nostalgic fluff (for all its faux rejection thereof), but it's my brand of fluff

Full Review… | July 21, 2012

[A] work of genius... [B]ecomes the butt of its own gentle joke... one that wraps up a paralyzing self-awareness in a redemptive self-deprecation to, finally and splendidly, laugh with great good humor at itself.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012
Flick Filosopher

As on-screen Allen stand-ins go, Wilson is definitely one of the more effective ones, recognizably channelling those Allen neuroses within his own established persona and distinct comic rhythms.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012

Woody Allen seemed to have lost his fizz as a filmmaker of late - and then he uncorked the sparkling Midnight in Paris, a comic fantasy with all the effervescence of vintage champagne.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Movie Talk

Woody Allen's comedy Midnight in Paris is a superior late-period work precisely because it appears that age and wisdom have finally allowed him to discover that his romantic streak can acknowledge his realist/cynical side without succumbing to it.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An accomplished film that's as entertaining as it is deliciously offbeat.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Watchable, and on a certain level, it's quite enjoyable.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Goatdog's Movies

[Woody] Allen brings his fantasy to life with such affection and joy that he transports us into his dream come true as a shared fantasy.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011

A surprise treat from Woody Allen who has spent too much energy selling his films to mainstream audiences...

Full Review… | November 30, 2011
Cinema Crazed

einai apo aytes tis tainies poy se xaideyoyne epibrabeytika sto kefali, h anamesa sta mpoytia, giati exeis akoysta ton Cole Porter kai ton F. Scott Fitzgerald

Full Review… | November 20, 2011
Movies for the Masses

Allen wants you to love Paris as much as Gil does and wants to show you the magic, the romance and the spark the city holds for him.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
The Standard

Filled with light-hearted fancy and a dazzling cast, Woody Allen's latest film is a magical stroll through a magnificent city

Full Review… | October 24, 2011

Although the film suggests that we should enjoy the present for all it's worth, we have a great time enjoying this brief episode in a literate and beauty-filled past

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Midnight in Paris


Another light but quite mysterious and powerful drama from Woody Allen, as simple as always.. The cast weren't full of A-list actor, but they're pretty convincing enough to me as they brought a good performance.. But overall, it's just another sweet romantic movie by Woody Allen.. Not one of his best but definitely worth to watch..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer


One of the most enjoyable and delightful of Allen's films to me. Wilson was great as Woody Allen as well.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed it mostly because of the setting and its cinematography. The scenes shot around Paris are amazing and it's hard not to fall in love with this city. Unfortunately, I did not care too much for the main characters, although I did enjoy the secondary characters portraying literary figures, like Dali, the Fitzgerald's and Hemingway.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Midnight in Paris Quotes

Ernest: I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave... It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds... until it returns, as it does, to all men... and then you must make really good love again.
– Submitted by Samira O (22 months ago)
Paul: Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.
– Submitted by Samira O (22 months ago)
Gil: Adriana, if you stay here though, and this becomes your present then pretty soon you'll start imagining another time was really your... You know, was really the golden time. Yeah, that's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying.
– Submitted by Samira O (22 months ago)
Gert: The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
– Submitted by Samira O (22 months ago)
Gil: That's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying.
– Submitted by justin j (2 years ago)
Ernest: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.
– Submitted by Chad E (2 years ago)

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