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New York Stories

New York Stories (1989)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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The omnibus film New York Stories is the product of three powerhouse filmmakers. The film is divided into three stories, each exploring a different aspect of life in the Big Apple. Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorcese, is a Dostoevsky-like tale of the rarefied Art World, with Nick Nolte as a self-indulgent abstractionist who loves Rosanna Arquette, but can't bring himself to lie to her about her negligible artistic talents. Life Without Zoe, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is more than a


Drama, Comedy


Apr 8, 2003


Touchstone Pictures

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (6) | DVD (6)

Whether it happened by chance or design, the sketches have more than just New York in common: all three have something to do with middle age, as well as with romantic relationships.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Only Woody Allen seems to have understood what is possible in a featurette.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's still too early to tell whether the cheering New York Stories will be a box-office hit, but one can hope.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Allen's contribution is the only one that can be counted as a genuine success.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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New York Stories consists of three films, one good, one bad, one disappointing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A novel and fascinating foray into highly stylized, highly personal filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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All three films are in different ways concerned with how love affects their central characters, and all three are predictably stylish.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Each film is distinct from the other in its tone, which in some ways is good, but it also hinders any rhythm from emerging other than the fact that this club loves a certain city.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Views

As Meatloaf once said, two out of three ain't bad

September 27, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Worth it for the Allen episode.

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Have a blast with the first story, fast-forward through the second and check out the last.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Two out of three ain't bad.

August 30, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Scosese's work alone is worth a viewing

August 14, 2002
Hot Button

Scorsese's story of artistic obsession is underdeveloped (and Coppola's segment is entirely unwatchable), but Allen's hilarious comedy about the looming forces of motherhood saves the day.

July 25, 2002 | Comment (1)
Matinee Magazine

Vale como exercício para os cinéfilos.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Touchstone has given three popular directors a chance to work with a shorter-than-feature-length piece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The best news, of course, is that Allen is back in rare form.

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

Audience Reviews for New York Stories

New York Stories have two good tales: Life Lessons by Scorsese and Oedipus Wrecks by Allen. But Coppola's Life Without Zoe, it's terrible, boring and totally disappointing. The worse thing in the movie is Coppola being with others great directors. The 70's was a terrific time to Francis Ford and his classic pictures that gonna be unforgettable in cinema history, but all change in 80's and this status of master stay really weak. One of this disasters is the short film Life Without Zoe in New York Stories, and what make the movie be not very good. Scorsese and Allen save the picture... but not enough.
January 2, 2012
Lucas Martins

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None of these stories are really BAD per se; just really badly filmed and very nineties lighting. Woody Allen's segment was okay funny, Scorsese's thing was confusing but watchable, Coppola's...I don't even want to talk about it. I'll pretend it didn't happen. There is seriously something wrong with the technique with which these shorts were made. Did they hire worse people to do the camerawork because they weren't given enough money?
April 5, 2009

Super Reviewer

One again everything Sofia Coppola touches turns to shit. Tucked in between Scorsese's comment on art and Allen's delightful matriphobia comedy is Coppola's big floating turd of a short.
April 28, 2008

Super Reviewer

Scorcese's is priceless. I didn't even watch the other two.
January 26, 2008

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    1. Sheldon Mills: Boiled chicken. That's my mother's specialty. Of course she manages to render the bird completely devoid of any flavor. It's a culinary miracle.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Sheldon Mills: Can you really cook or do you just stand orver the stove and chant or something?
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Rita: That was great. You never made love to me like that before, and you didn't even have alcohol.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Zoe: They named me Zoe, because Zoe means life in Greek.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Gregory Stark: Today I just felt even and I don't like it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Sheldon Mills: Baby, I'm your ally against horse dung and fraud.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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