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New York, I Love You (2009)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 62

Like many anthologies, New York, I Love You has problems of consistency, but it isn't without its moments.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 16

Like many anthologies, New York, I Love You has problems of consistency, but it isn't without its moments.



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Some of the world's most-respected directors align forces to pay tribute to the city of the New York in this unconventional omnibus sister film to 2006's Paris, Je T'Aime. Broken into short segments, New York, I Love You is comprised of ten films, most choosing to take a down-to-earth approach to the stories of the countless lives lived in the city on a given day. The segments are as follows, chronologically: Segment 1 -- Directed by Jiang Wen; written by Hu Hong and Meng Yao; starring Hayden


Drama, Comedy


Feb 2, 2010


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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (62) | DVD (10)

While many of the segments amuse, and rarely wear out their welcome (the average running time is eight minutes apiece), it rapidly becomes apparent that each of them has some kind of twist, like an O Henry short story.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It's a bit too arty, and a bit too cute, but it charms and cajoles with the pluck of a native New Yorker.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The project is lush and seductive as a whole, though some segments are especially vibrant.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Because so many of the segments are about young lovers, the standouts involve people past their prime.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The film only feels like two or three different sort of approaches are represented. They don't really feel like widely different attacks on the material.

October 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The characters are all more or less useless, inhabiting the frivolous tippy-top of Maslow's pyramid of needs, with little sense that there's anyone essential at the bottom. It's fun, but decadent.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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At its best, it might be said that such a cinematic cacophony approximates the noise of Manhattan itself; but so much seems to be overlapping in this film that a feeling of distraction threatens to dispel the emotion

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Cinema-goers won't find much to dig their teeth into with this disappointing collection of shorts.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

How easily you'll weather the film depends on your taste for poetic, obtuse cinema, often without too much of a rhyme or reason.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

A variety of wry, sentimental, mildly erotic tales that come over as pieces O Henry might have submitted to Playboy.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

The cinematography and editing is superb and makes up for any shortfalls with some of the stories, but the film's obvious draw will be its stellar ensemble cast.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source:

If you've got a heart of treacle, an attention span of 15 minutes and can't afford the air fare then there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Let's just stay friends.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This sequel to the superior Paris Je T'Aime is pleasant but inconsequential.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Is New York I Love You meant to be a love-letter to the Big Apple? As far as I could tell, it was a seething satire about the city's sleazy, vapid, self-involved stereotypes.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

In truth, alas, it's the film itself that's short of ideas.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

As with Paris, Je T'Aime (it's from the same producer, Emmanuel Benbihy), the sheer diversity of this portmanteau movie is both a curse and a blessing.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

As with Paris, Je T'Aime, New York, I Love You works as both romance film and seductive travelogue, but some will find its 'arty' posturing more maddening than magical.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Even though each segment is rather wonderful in its own way, as a whole this feels like a side of New York that we've perhaps already seen on screen.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Director-ensemble films are never fantastic but New York, I Love You does have a few moments worth savouring.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

If nothing else, it brilliantly captures the moods and tempo of New York: its vibrant pulse, its energy, its ethnic diversity, its clamorous excitement.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

How can so many good directors -- Fatih Akin and Sheker Kapur among them -- miscalculate here?

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Some of the actors are fine and some of the scripts buy into one New York cliché of inter-personal relations; a fast-talking, argumentative type of dialogue. Still, they're not going to do much with a line like: "This city is full of surprises, isn't it."

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

The spirit of inconsequential whimsy prevails throughout, with recurrent shots of traffic and the New York skyline helping blend different sensibilities into a multinational soup.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

It's not hard to get excited about the cinematic potential of a series of short stories about romance set in the most famous city in the world... but the vignettes themselves veer wildly between light charm and severe pretension.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source:

Most of these roughly eight-minute segments are instantly forgettable, despite the talent involved.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for New York, I Love You

The premise seemed to make for an interesting film but there was not much cohesion to it. Some of the stories are either too short or too artsy and left me with a sense of not really "getting it".
February 10, 2014

Super Reviewer

Such a great cast, such a waste. "New York, I love You" is a series of short stories about different people in New York, and their relationships. So many stories are meshed together that you really don't care for most of the characters or their situations. I hoped this was going to be a newer "Love Actually." Instead it's a collection of "arty" short films, strung together very poorly. You would think a cast that includes, Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Shia LeBouf, Natalie Portman, Chris Cooper, Christina Ricci, Justin Bartha, Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Cloris Leachman, Maggie Q, Andy Garcia, Blake Lively, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, and Anton Yelchin would be a GREAT movie. Unfortunately, actors don't always make the movie. "New York, I Love You" I hate the yankees, and I hate you too. Don't watch this crap, no wonder I had never heard of it til I saw it on the shelf at the library,
June 9, 2011
Everett Johnson

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I am shocked at all the bad reviews I have read regarding this film. I thought that this movie was beautiful, and imaginative. This was a definite joy to watch. I think maybe you need to be in the right mood for it, and understand what it's supposed to be? I enjoyed each of the vignettes, and couldn't wait for the next one. Wonderful actors - Portman, Cooper, Christensen, Garcia, Hawke, etc.--the list goes on and on! My favorite one has to be the one with Cloris Leachman...that one was a hoot. To me, this was a real gem....
December 31, 2010

Super Reviewer

A convulted and weirdly trippy film, created buzz with all it's A listers. It seems that adapting from the original didn't go so well.
July 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. David (Shunji Iwai segment): Does this mean we're getting married?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Camille (Shunji Iwai segment): Hey, David, it's Camille. You know, when Dostoevsky was writing The Gambler, he signed a contract with his publisher saying that he would finish it in twenty-six days, and he did it, but he had the help of this young stenographer. This girl, she... she stayed with him and she helped him. And... afterwards they actually got married. Ha, isn't that cool? That's how he met his wife. Anyway I found this story in the preface for Crime and Punishment so I was thinking that... and, this would have to be between you and me, but... I was thinking that I could read the books and tell you what's going on and that way you could just focus on your music. But only if you're comfortable with this, and if you're not then you can just forget it, and you can quit, but if you are... then open this door.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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