“A Beautiful Movie.”
“The Best Modern Woody Allen Movie”
“It Is Just A Cute Movie That Entertains On Many Levels With Countless References To Art & Literature From The 1920s.”
“Best Movie Of The Year”
“Woody Allen Writes And Directs A Wonderful Magical Entertaining Film.”
“Midnight In Paris Is A Collection Of Smart, Pleasant And Entertaining Methods Of Conquering The Audience.”
“Never So Much Has A Film Taken My Breath Away With So Much Class, Charm, And Beauty.”
“A Comic Gem With A Brilliantly Photographed Paris Forming The Perfect Backdrop.”
Having sampled London and Barcelona in recent films, Woody Allen continues his grand tour of European cities with Midnight in Paris, an ingratiating, tourist-oriented exercise in nostalgia for a city that doesn't exist.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
It is marvelously romantic, even though - or precisely because - it acknowledges the disappointment that shadows every genuine expression of romanticism.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Sporadically entertaining, light, shallow, self-plagiarising.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Midnight in Paris is as light as a souffle, and almost as sweet.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Midnight in Paris" finds Allen in a larky, slightly tart and altogether bountiful mood, giving filmgoers a movie that, while unabashedly funny and playful, provides a profiterole or two for thought.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
A sweet-natured trifle, as flavorful and as thin as a crepe.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A deceptively light time-travel romance, Midnight in Paris uses fairy-tale devices as a way to get to the filmmaker's familiar, real-life-sourced themes.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
The idea has likely been in Allen's head since forever, but it's arrived at the right moment.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
In Woody Allen's beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn't at all what it used to be -- it's smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Woody Allen's beleaguered heroes have never been reluctant to indulge in a little fantasy to get what they want.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Midnight in Paris is charming and clever, at times wickedly astute and hopeful.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Rather surprisingly... Midnight is an absolutely terrific film, fleet and brisk and as charming as it wants to be.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
This supernatural comedy isn't just Allen's best film in more than a decade; it's the only one that manages to rise above its tidy parable structure and be easy, graceful, and glancingly funny, as if buoyed by its befuddled hero's enchantment.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
As a conceit, the visit with literary celebrities may be thin, and the episodes are brief and sketchy, but wish fulfillment is part of the movie's charm.
David Denby - New Yorker
Woody Allen must have had a great time writing this screenplay.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
While Allen may not be reinventing any wheels, he still has it.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
I find this upfront fantasy to be his funniest, most agreeable comedy in years.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
There is breezy comedy to be made of a YouTube-age writer meeting the icons and idols of a bygone, classical era, but Allen goes deeper, expanding on his time-travel device to make unexpected and unexpectedly generous observations.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Inquirer
What's Wilson doing in a Woody Allen movie about a B-list screenwriter who time-travels from the present to the Jazz Age? Disarming the audience with his wistful joie de vivre, that's what.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Midnight in Paris" makes you yearn for the time when brainy larks weren't a once-a-year occasion.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Midnight in Paris is a loving embrace of the city, of art and of life itself.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A delicious trifle for anyone who has ever dreamt of bantering about the cinema with Luis Bunuel or lounging at the piano to hear Cole Porter sing "Let's Do It."
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
In a film so ripe with temptations for posturing, exaggeration and satirical overacting, nobody is anything less than natural, unpretentious and funny as hell.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Like a swoony lost chapter from Paris, je t'aime agreeably extended to feature length.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Though it never ventures past the tourist quarters of Paris, this is one of Woody's most handsomely photographed movies.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
"Midnight in Paris" may not be as laugh-out-loud witty as the comedies of Woody Allen's professional Belle Epoque. But it at least recaptures the warm glow so often missing from his last 20 uneven years of work.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It succeeds because Allen's muse is completely activated, unlike last year's time-waster You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, in which thought ran no deeper than the title joke.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Sweet, sentimental, and vibrant, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" rightfully points out that yesterday's frolicking bar might be today's laundry mat ... but we can always visit the good times in our memories.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Allen may be a fatalist, as he often claims, but this film is whimsical and romantic-a divertissement that recalls one of his most endearing and original comedies, The Purple Rose of Cairo...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Allen seems to be paying attention in a way he hasn't always done in recent films, and has found a way to channel his often-caustic misanthropy, half-comic fear of death and anti-American bitterness into agreeable comic whimsy.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A huge part of the charm of Midnight in Paris derives from the finely calibrated casting, long one of Allen's superpowers as a director.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It's an entertaining trifle that is at least as engaging as, and perhaps more likeable than, a majority of the filmmaker's recent excursions.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Woody's in good form and Paris looks glorious in this droll time-traveling fantasy.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Woody Allen has found the right time and the right place with "Midnight in Paris," his lightest, funniest and most-satisfying movie in a long time.
David Germain - Associated Press
Pure Woody Allen. Which is not to say great or even good Woody, but a distillation of the filmmaker's passions and crotchets, and of his tendency to pass draconian judgment on characters the audience is not supposed to like.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
As a filmmaker, Allen has grappled with the temptations of repeating himself instead of forging a fresh path. You can feel that conflict here, and watching him work it out is exhilarating.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Smart, funny, whimsical--one of the best romantic comedies in recent years.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write again: Woody Allen has made a wonderful new picture, "Midnight in Paris," and it's his best, most enjoyable work in years.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Souffle light and long on charm, one of Allen's wittiest and certainly his most literary
Roger Moore - 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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
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.
Erick Weber - NECN
Nostalgic fluff (for all its faux rejection thereof), but it's my brand of fluff
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
- Urban Cinefile
[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.
MaryAnn Johanson - 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.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
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.
Jason Best - 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.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Watchable, and on a certain level, it's quite enjoyable.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
An accomplished film that's as entertaining as it is deliciously offbeat.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis