Manhattan Reviews

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Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 18, 2004
A black and white movie of black and white quality
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 11, 2001
Seeing it again I realize it's more subtle, more complex, and not about love, but loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 14, 2002
If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the 'average' entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
August 8, 2002
One of Woody's best, this is a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with his body of work. It's funny, it's dramatic, and it's certainly the best looking film he's ever made. The opening sequence is tremendous.
| Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
February 13, 2012
Manhattan is Allen's most fully realized film, especially in the way perspectives are developed. It's the rare movie that can be watched from a number of different points-of-view, without feeling cheated.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
February 10, 2014
This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 3, 2012
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.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 11, 2011
A film with a sharp look and some glinting lines. Still, it's the city that Isaac/Allen has a nostalgic faith in, not people, or love, or even the film itself.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
March 4, 2015
Bittersweet romance with mature themes, sex, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
I recently saw Manhattan again, for perhaps the fifth time, and my absolute joy as I sat there surpassed any other Allen film in recent memory.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 4, 2009
Allen has, in black and white, captured the inner beauty that lurks behind the outer layer of dirt and grime in Manhattan.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 13, 2001
After taking a fresh look at the DVD of Manhattan, it's apparent that this isn't Woody Allen's greatest film. However, it is easily his most beautiful, with breathtaking black & white vistas of the titular city set to Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Woody Allen's gem of comic kvetching.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Its emotional honesty and depth, tender and humane humour and remarkable sensual splendour place Manhattan among Allen's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
August 7, 2002
My favorite movie of all time!
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
Manhattan depicts urban trippers whose appetite for variety propels them from one person or job or dream to another.
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