Little Manhattan (2005)



Critic Consensus: Little Manhattan is a sweet story of young love that provides an enlightening if pragmatic view on love and courtship.

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New York City is the most romantic place in the world -- even if you're only 10 years old and falling in love for the first time. That's what young Gabe discovers as he pursues the object of his affections, his classmate Rosemary. The romantic comedy is about life, love and the Big Apple, as seen through the eyes of a fifth-grader.

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements, language and brief action)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Box Office: $0.4M
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as Master Coles

as Ronny

as Mickey Telesco

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as Jackie Telesco

as Daryl Kitzens

as Tim Staples

as David Betanahu

as Himself

as Young Adam

as Young Leslie

as Young Gabe

as Second Grade Boy

as Another Boy

as Street Vendor

as TV Cowgirl

as Barber

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as Girl on the Street

as Boy Who Throw Up

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as Wedding Band

as Loston Harris Band

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as Alex Trebek

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Critic Reviews for Little Manhattan

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

As directed by Mark Levin, Little Manhattan is an endearing, affectionately humorous and even lyrical depiction of the dawning of adolescence amid the privileged.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[It's] as if the filmmakers (maybe without even realizing it) are mocking his emotions, implying that kids are just kids, and only think they feel what they're feeling.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A moderately charming comedy depicting a fumbling prepubescent first romance in a beautiful, fairy-tale version of the borough.

September 30, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Seeks to be a whimsical premise but, except for a few moments, proves ponderous instead.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Top Critic

A big surprise, a comedy detailing the angst of first love with rare candor.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

What a treasure -- a funny, tart, romantic comedy about tweens suffering the pangs of first love. It makes the cityscape an essential part of the romance, like a junior, vintage Woody Allen.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Little Manhattan

A creative fun movie that took me back to my hayday. A actual point and sweetness in this movie will be fun for all ages.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


A fantastic story of love between two kids who don't even understand what true love really is. Josh Hutcherson os a very talented kid, and is going places for sure. This film brings an extremely heartfelt story, a lovable cast, and tender dialogue that would make someone of any age smile. Besides a few spots that feel a little replenished, it is saved by how powerful this great love story is. A family ripped apart and a rich family come together, two opposite sides, but it doesn't stop anyone. This film is brilliant, but could have been picked up a bit better in a few scenes!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


"Nothing's as big as your first love."

The bittersweet pangs of first love among sixth graders sets the stage for this romantic comedy. Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) is an 11-year-old boy living on the more exclusive side of New York City; his parents, Adam (Bradley Whitford) and Leslie (Cynthia Nixon), are splitting up, and as their marriage slowly crumbles, they've both become increasingly protective of their son. While most of Gabe's friends are still firmly in the "girls are yucky" stage, Gabe has found his head turned by Rosemary (Charlie Ray), a cute girl in his karate class. Negotiating the tricky waters of impressing the opposite sex for the first time, Gabe works up the nerve to ask Rosemary out on a date, and in time the two begin spending their spare time together. But just when Gabe feels ready to tackle the next step and tell Rosemary that he's in love with her, he learns that she'll be spending the summer away at camp, meaning he'll have to spend his vacation pining for her. Meanwhile, as Gabe turns to Adam for advice, Adam begins taking another look at where his relationship with Leslie went sour. Little Manhattan was the first directorial effort for writer and producer Mark Levin.

I have seen this movie twice, probably the third romantic movie that compelled me to do that, and the reasons are quite simple: It's probably impossible that anyone can't relate to young Josh Hutcherson's character, an 11 year old with a normal middle class life and problems (parents initiating divorce); that its surprise by the rediscovery of a young classmate (Charley Ray) initially as an unexpected friend and later as something else...

The well crafted work of director Mark Levin is based on the mutual discovery of all these feelings (mostly new and uncontrolled) that evolved in Josh's character and in another particular viewer: you.

Very few movies accomplished the sensation of being part of the life, joy and suffering of a film character, and believe me, that feeling won't disappoint you.

Good acting, great development of characters; but you can summarize this way: you will be surprised with the strange sensation that someone has taken a peek into your memories and heart and put it on screen.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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