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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Puccini for Beginners is literate and sensitive, characterized by witty dialogue and smart, emotional two-person encounters. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Puccini for Beginners, which takes its title from its heroine's passion for opera, isn't just another trendy toe-dip in sexual experimentation. It may not be the real world of New York, or even of most relationships, but it's worth a visit. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Awkward, unconvincing bisexual roundelay. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Brainy and balmy. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Woody Allen certainly hasn't managed anything remotely this funny lately. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Considering how good "Puccini's" middle often is, it's a shame it falls down fore and aft. But Maggenti, who loves Carole Lombard and William Powell in "My Man Godfrey," is tapping a likable vein here. She should open it up again. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    If Woody Allen were a young, attractive gay woman, he might make something like this, or so Maggenti hopes. But it would probably be funnier, and it would definitely cut deeper. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    There's also precious little chemistry between the players. Only Mol has any charm of which to speak, and, frankly, she deserves much better. show more

  • 80
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    Kirk and Mol are convincing, easily inhabiting their respective roles. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    In the end, it's all la dolce vita no matter how you look at it. show more

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