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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

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100

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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There's a real murder and a real mystery in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, but these plot pegs are used mainly to allow Allen to explore modern urban relationships. Allen plays a N.Y.C. book editor, Larry Lipton, married to Carol (Diane Keaton, who replaced Mia Farrow at the last minute, for reasons well publicized at the time). Carol is a free spirit, ever willing to try new experiences, but Larry is a wet blanket. When it begins to look like a neighbor has killed his wife, Carol is

PG,

Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

Dec 15, 1998

TriStar Pictures

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Nobody labors quite like Woody Allen to produce a modest entertainment.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A movie inspired by movie escapism. Minor, but surprisingly, almost defiantly upbeat.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Although "Manhattan Murder Mystery" struggles with its own contrivances, it achieves a gentle, nostalgic grace and a hint of un-self-conscious wisdom.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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That Woody Allen found time to be remotely funny -- in the midst of his highly publicized legal troubles -- surely merits some kind of professional award.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Manhattan Murder Mystery" is an accomplished balancing act.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Happily, these two stir up stardust memories of his earlier, funnier work, instead of the embarrassing voyeurism of "Husbands and Wives."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An engaging life imitates art comedy/crime drama.

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Witty Woody Allen film about marriage and maybe murder.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A minor-league Allen, an amiable romp that, like The Thin Man, tries to blend suspense with marital comedy, not always successfully.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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...Woody Allen at his best.

August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Terrific Woody Allen thrill comedy with the great Keaton co-starring as a plus.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A deft blend of humor and suspence. It's almost as if Allen missed his calling to direct thrillers.

December 17, 2002
Kansas City Star

A cute Allen comedy; not one of his classics, but has some inspired moments.

November 3, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A frequently funny flick that reminds one of the younger, odder Woody Allen.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

The Woodman is back and he's in rare form. Manhattan Murder Mystery is Woody Allen's first flat-out comedy in years.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As if William Powell were back with Myrna Loy or Gracie Allen with George Burns, Keaton and Allen revel in each other's presence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Manhattan Murder Mystery

Manhattan Murder Mystery is a likable comedy/crime film and another chance for Woody Allen to pay his respects to the great crime noirs of the 40s & 50s that have obviously been a source of influence and enjoyment for him. If I'm being honest Diane Keaton irritates me way more than Woody Allen ever does, particularly in this film but I guess it is part of her character. All actors are great in their performances, Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston in particular in their supporting roles.
January 31, 2013
SirPant

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One of Allen's greatest nineties' films, his bulk of work is neurotic comedies and iffy dramas. He has hit some home runs with the very subtle Crimes and Misdemeanors and classics such as Manhattan and Annie Hall. What keeps this film fresh is the fact that it's so realistic in the way it handles both the way the older couple investigated the supposed murder of their neighbor, and the backstory and look into the relationship between them. The couple who live across the hall from an old couple (Allen and Keaton) are starting their golden years together in cute seclusion, almost as an extension of Annie Hall's storyline, except now the couple has fallen into easy boredom with each other. Keaton's niche as kooky or quirky makes this film work well, as she runs around trying to solve a crime which might not even have happened. What makes this so great as well is the electricity and childlike glee of the ensemble as they find clues and piece together the events of the murder. They act like clumsy teenagers all along the way, and yet there is a bitter hostility between every one of these characters as they realize their fate and servitude as married people. Along with the couple are Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston, who both co-starred in an earlier Allen film called Crimes and Misdemeanors, which was a sharp drama. This was very sweet, a little guarded with the inter-personal relationships between every character, but the plot was delicious. I could have eaten up every morsel as we went along, hanging on the words of the saucy Anjelica Huston and the morbid Diane Keaton. It's an ensemble work in short, and is really more of a film for experienced middle aged individuals who are fans of the director's, and I'm guessing that's who he made it for, besides being a love letter to New York, as many of his films are.
March 1, 2012
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

An intriguing blend of mystery and comedy. Feels like Alvy and Annie got old and moved in next door to a possible murderer. Clearly a love letter to the classic thrillers of Billy Wilder and Orson Welles. Utilizes a lot of the great hand held camera work that we saw in 1992's Husbands and Wives. However, the characters feel very underdeveloped. On top of this, even though there are some incredible one liners, the comedy is inconsistant. While I am not expecting a laugh a minute in my films, some more comedic breaks could have been utilized to break up the incredibly absurd mystery. Although certainly not his best work, it is worth a watch.
June 14, 2011
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    1. Larry Lipton: There's nothing wrong with you that can't be cured with a little Prozac and a polo mallet.
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Larry Lipton: Claustrophobia and a dead body: This is the neurotic jackpot.
    – Submitted by Tim R (2 years ago)
    1. Marcia Fox: You're taking me to dinner, right?
    2. Ted: Right, absolutely! Only we can't sleep together, not tonight.
    3. Marcia Fox: Why not?
    4. Ted: Well, because I already slept with Helen Moss once today, and I'm not young and active like I used to be.
    5. Marcia Fox: You'll do anything to catch a murderer, won't you?
    6. Ted: Mmm-hmm.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)
    1. Carol Lipton: I know. Can you believe this guy in Indiana? Killed twelve victims, dismembered them and ate them.
    2. Larry Lipton: Really? Well, it's an alternative lifestyle.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)
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