Any movie with completely different short stories shoved together is never going to be 100% great. They are almost always a mixed bag. "New York Stories" features three films from three acclaimed directors, all with stores based in New York. New York itself doesn't really play all that important a part in any of the stories. Scorsese's "Life Lessons" is a decent short film, but it isn't something I'd rate amongst the guys best works. Coppola's "Life Without Zoe" is often regarded as the worst segment...and it is. It has terrible acting(fronted by a terrible child actress), and a story that is hard to sit through...you can't relate to any of it in any way. Woody Allen's "Oedipus Wrecks" is the final segment, and it is very Woody Allen. Filled with his neurotic sense of humor. He plays the same character he always plays, a neurotic New Yorker, this time a man who is tortured by his mother and her behavior. It is, like Scorsese's entry, decent...but don't expect it to be anything too special. So you may enjoy the films from Scorsese or Allen, but the Coppola film is just as bad as everyone claims (luckily it is also the shortest segment). Mixed bag, but probably worth a look for fans of their directors behind this...maybe not Coppola fans.