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Little Manhattan (2005)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 7

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


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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.


Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Comedy

Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett

Apr 4, 2006


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

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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[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.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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
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Seeks to be a whimsical premise but, except for a few moments, proves ponderous instead.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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A big surprise, a comedy detailing the angst of first love with rare candor.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Refreshingly realistic tween tale of first love.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A Woody Allen-style New York romcom, only with eleven year-olds.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Nicely well-made, although it'll probably only appeal to young girls.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Little Manhattan is the cutest, funniest, most heartbreaking and inspiring movie you will see all year

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source:

The freshness is authentic even when the whimsy grows hard to bear. The two leads are precocious in a way more typical of child actors than actual children.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This little family movie wants to be adorable and ALMOST gets there, but suffers from trying too hard to be too cute.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source:

Todas las personas mayores han comenzado por ser niņos, pero pocas de ellas lo recuerdan.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

Becomes something quite startling -- a sweet story about first love that manages to be a great date movie for adults, too.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

it isn't about kids playing dress-up and talking like world-weary grown-ups. It's about knowing the right time to hold someone's hand

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

A beautiful, layered, uplifting, dizzyingly romantic motion picture. This is one of the year's very best films, and one of its most unexpected cinematic treasures.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source:

Spending about 90 minutes with these two does eventually warm the heart, even if they're stuck in a paint-by-numbers plot.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This grotesquely manipulative bit of whimsy is like sucking on a sugar cube for ninety minutes when each of your teeth is suffering from an exposed nerve.

October 3, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Reliving the roller-coaster ride of young love from the point of view of these phenomenal young actors offers a humorous escape from the adult world, where the little things in relationships are often taken for granted.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Little Manhattan

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!
October 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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"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.
November 11, 2008
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

it was quite cute if not exceedingly cliche. but who minds a little cliche if you can churn out a cute movie like this one? about the torment that is your first love! this kid is absolutely adorable.
June 9, 2007

Super Reviewer

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    1. Gabe: Hey Rosemary, um, um you know I-I was just in the neighborhood.
    2. Rosemary: Don't you live in the neighborhood?
    3. Gabe: Well um, um 73rd and west end. I-I guess it depends on how the neighborhood is defined.
    4. Birdie: [rolls her eyes]
    – Submitted by Miles F (2 years ago)
    1. Gabe: I love you move than anyone has ever loved. Do you think you want to uhm love me too?
    – Submitted by Madeleine H (2 years ago)
    1. Gabe: Look at them all. Rats in their cages...their lives destroyed by love. I'm done with it. I won't be like them.
    – Submitted by Md.Atiquzzaman S (2 years ago)
    1. Gabe: Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools. It'll trample your heart and leave you bleeding on the floor. And what does it really get you in the end? Nothing but a few incredible memories that you can't ever shake. The truth is, there's gonna be other girls out there. I mean, I hope. But I'm never gonna get another first love. That one is always gonna be her.
    – Submitted by Hisyam S (3 years ago)
    1. Gabe: See, this is just like I told you. Same thing I knew getting into this whole mess - love ends.
    – Submitted by Hisyam S (3 years ago)
    1. Gabe: The truth is, you come into this world alone and leave it the exact same way.
    – Submitted by Hisyam S (3 years ago)
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