(239)1 h 46 min1990PG-13
Alice (Mia Farrow) is trapped in a loveless marriage to Doug (William Hurt) when an encounter with a musician (Joe Mantegna) leaves her conflicted. Mix in some mysterious Chinese herbs, and Woody Allen creates a delightful contemporary fairytale.
Woody Allen
Joe MantegnaMia FarrowWilliam Hurt
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Judy DavisCybill ShepardAlec BaldwinBlythe DannerGwen VerdonKeye Luke
Robert GreenhutCharles H. JoffeJack Rollins
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Thinker3Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Stable Husband or Risky Lover? Or another alternative?
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Alice (Mia Farrow) is an extremely wealthy Manhattan housewife whose life is completely empty and meaningless. A bevy of servants take care of her children, her very spacious apartment, and her fitness and medical needs. Her main activity seems to be gossiping and shopping. Of course, she is miserable. Her husband is very attentive, but entirely bland and stable. Alice is attracted to more risky, unstable men. But she's also Catholic enough to retain her youthful aspiration to become a saint. A chance encounter with a (risky, unstable) musician at her children's school leads to further conflict. Directed to the mysterious Dr. Yang for what she thinks is a back ailment, Alice uses his herbs and his magic to embark unwittingly on a path of self-discovery. Which type of man does she really want? Or is there another alternative? Mia Farrow gives a good performance, and there are some mildly amusing moments, but the plot is just too trite, too 90's to really sustain much tension or interest.
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t. berdalee dupreeReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
one of woody's (and mia's) best
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i just love love love this movie. other than mia's role as a mafia don's daughter in 'broadway danny rose' (i think that's the one), 'alice' is a five star performance....and i am not a big mia farrow fan. a great story full of magical fancy and encouragement to really live one's life.
another other than is 'midnight in paris'; as far as i'm concerned woody allen's films of the last 6-7yrs have been mostly the same tired neurotic schtick. however, i forgive him because the one's i love that span his career are classic and some of my favorite films EVER. if you haven't seen 'radio days' in years...give yourself a treat and re-see. now that i think about it, i'm a'gonna have to have myself a woody allen retrospective of all the films i love marathon and that could take a few one a day.
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TanukiReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of My Favorite Woody Allen Films
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Clever, imaginative, and full of subtle humor, Alice, after this fourth viewing, holds up to Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Hanna and Her Sisters for me, though on a smaller scale, if that's the word.

Appearances by an amazing cast of stars well-placed for their roles, this is the only Woody Allen film that makes surreal use of magic, or magic surrealism, if that's a thing.

Another interesting element is the use of the color red in many scenes throughout, especially Alice's clothing (though for what reason is a mystery to me).

Mia Farrrow is understated and wonderful, and -- apropos of nothing -- looks a bit like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, wearing that black ribbon headband.
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jagadeesanReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Does love conquer all? Woody doesn't think so.
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I have been recycling old Woody Allen movies lately and have discerned a thread that runs through most of them. The great Hollywood end-all-be-all of life, finding love with the partner of your dreams, is a phantom. In Woody's world, people fall in love whenever another person pays them attention and just as easily fall out of love when the relationship strains. To my mind, this is a truth that few in the arts pursue, so besotted are we with the ancient notion that love (between a man and a woman) conquers all. I have to give credit to Allen for skewering this aged idea. This movie is a good example and fun at the same time.
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Rodney LuckReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Woody Allen's ALICE is a rabbit hole you'll want to fall into!
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All I can say is that I want to visit Dr. Yang and get him to prescribe some herbs for me! What a delightful film ALICE is and all her adventures down the "rabbit hole." Mia Farrow gives such a great performance in the title role. She's sweet, sexy, funny, heartbreaking, reflective, childlike, thoughtful, real, while on her herb induced life experiences and is reborn at the end to totally reinvent herself as the woman she was always meant to be. I was enchanted by Woody Allen's fantasy film and admire his wit and cleverly written dialogue. The set designs, the costumes, the location shooting in NY, the glorious selections of music and the performances from the entire cast make the film a total delight. I loved all the bittersweet scenes where Alice gets to revisit a past boyfriend who has passed away and the moments reflecting with her deceased mother. We can all learn a valuable lesson watching Alice in her Wonderland adventures. Reflect on your life: past, present and future. Don't take anything for granted. Stand in your own truth to find your joy and happiness!
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Joshua Hardy CarrollReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
By the numbers Woody Allen.
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From Woody's famous movie a year. Hit or miss most of the time. This was supposed to be a charmer, but winds up being more annoying than anything. Farrow and Hurt sleepwalk through their roles, and Kaye Luke does his endless variation of the Charlie Chan days omitting articles and emitting ancient Chinese wisdom and mystique. Alec Baldwin does a decent turn as ghost boyfriend, but all in all this is a snoozer that you are better off skipping.
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Buddy1492Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
The worst Woody Allen movie I've watched
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This isn't funny in large part because Woody Allen isn't in it. Mia Farrow and William Hurt play neurotic obnoxious New Yorkers but they aren't funny at it like Woody Allen. Plus the story is pretty lame, relying on the magic potions of some shady Chinese doctor. Disappointing.
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Brian GagnonReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Alice In Wonderland As Set In New York
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Many people have read "Alice in Wonderland." Many have seen the Disney version. Many never saw the tale told the way Woody Allen tells it. In "Alice", Mia Farrow plays a housewife who feels spiritually empty in the heart of N.Y.C. She ultimately meets a spiritual healer and that meeting causes her to fall down a proverbial rabbit-hole. For once, the story is told in a different way with a housewife standing in for the young girl of Lewis Carroll's famous work. The story is also told with fantastic wonder and from the viewpoint of our main character, leaving us wondering what she will discover next from scene to scene. We don't know what'll happen until it happens. This is not like any of Woody Allen's previous work or the work that came after as none of them were based on a piece of literary work or told it in a different way. A definite change of pace and an antidote to all the predictable, mindless drivel that's been polluting the cinemas lately.
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