Midnight in Paris is a 2011 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight. The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism.
- Owen Wilson as Gil Pender
- Rachel McAdams as Inez
- Marion Cotillard as Adriana
- Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Alison Pill as Zelda Fitzgerald
- Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway
- Adrien Brody as Salvador Dalí
- Léa Seydoux as Gabrielle
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Midnight in Paris : Critical response
“I loved this movie! It blends film noir with Stardust Memories, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and a bit of Annie Hall. The scenes of Paris were enough to make one fall in love. The music was superb! Having all the artists and writers show up was the ultimate name dropping contest! Their caricatures were hysterical! Casting Adrien Brody as Salvatore Dali was mind blowing, along with the surreal discussion about a rhino.”
On Rotten Tomatoes the tomatometer is 93%, based on 224 reviews, and the Audience Score is 83% for 82549 ratings.
Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 81 out of 100, based on 40 reviews and an user score of 8.0 based on 671 ratings.
On French AlloCiné, it gets 4.2/5 (press, 20 reviews) and 3.8/5 (spectators, 14123 ratings).
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