Manhattan (1979)

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Critic Consensus: One of Woody Allen's early classics, Manhattan combines modern, bittersweet humor and timeless romanticism with unerring grace.


Movie Info

Woody Allen combines witty dialogue, the music of George Gershwin, and atmospheric location shooting in one of his best romantic comedies. Isaac, a neurotic writer in his forties, is romantically involved with Tracy, a 17-year-old student. But things get complicated when he starts to date Mary, his best friend's ex-mistress.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 4, 2000
Runtime:
United Artists

Cast


as Isaac Davis

as Mary Wilke

as Connie

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Party Guest

as Guest of Honor

as Television Director

as Television Producer

as TV Actor

as TV Actor

as TV Actor

as Isaac's Son, Willie

as Jeremiah

as Shakespearean Actor

as Shakespearean Actor

as Porsche Owner

as Porsche Owner

as Pizzeria Waiter

as Pizzeria Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Manhattan

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (9)

The film should not come as a complete surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to Allen's doings lately. This is the movie that Annie Hall hinted at and to which last year's Interiors, flawed as it was, seems to have served as a necessary prelude.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Allen serves up a nostalgia that was utterly of its time; he incarnates an idea of the city that, even now, remains as strong as its reality and refracts his disappointed ideals into high existential crises.

Full Review… | September 3, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Manhattan is not just Woody Allen's dream movie. Wistful as it is witty, it's his dream of the movies.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Allen has, in black and white, captured the inner beauty that lurks behind the outer layer of dirt and grime in Manhattan.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Woody Allen's gem of comic kvetching.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Manhattan

This is a classic Woody Allen film, complete with all the classic Woody Allen hallmarks, and, you know what? I actually had to watch it twice because upon completion of one viewing, I was actually stunned and unable to really decide how I felt about the film. That sort of thing almost never happens, either. It was weird. I watched it, and truly was unable to decide how I felt. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. So, I gave it another watch, and any sort of issues I had with this film (it mostly has to do with the unlikeability and unsympatheticness of the characters) kinda worked themselves out on the second viewing.

I actually like that the characters, especially Woody's are rather slimy, creepy jerks. It adds to the fun and nuttiness of it all. That, and it takes real talent to successfully pull off a dramedy where a twice divorced 42 year-old is dating a 17 year-old girl whom he doesn't love, despite the strong feelings she has for him. Plus, there's lots of typical pretentious conversations about art, music, and philosophy that just really sing. Also, this was the first time Allen made not only a black and white film, but one that was also visually stunning, something that doesn't apply to the vast majority of his works.

This is a true love letter to Manhattan, and the gorgeous cinematography, excellent Gershwin score, and Allen's crisp writing make it truly the masterpiece that everyone hails it to be, and I think this film really truly does stand the test of time since I was forced to give it multiple watches and lots of thought before deciding how I really felt about it. Now THAT's a sign of genius.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

It struggles to engage throughout, but it has a strong start, great acting, and is definitely worth seeing as so to experience the genius of Woody Allen's witty humor.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

This classic's use of location is close to perfect, but unfortunately the story taking place in this romanticized metropolis is at its best standard and at its worst a bit creepy. If you've seen Annie Hall, the rambling wit and wisdom here is pretty much identical. If not for the beauty of the cinematography, I'd be hard pressed to find anything particularly special about this as opposed to more focused and more unique Allen movies.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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