Little Manhattan - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Manhattan Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 17, 2015
Sweetly insightful about how mindblowingly horrifying it is to find oneself with unwanted and unfamiliar romantic feelings, if one is a boy, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Refreshingly realistic tween tale of first love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
July 6, 2006
A Woody Allen-style New York romcom, only with eleven year-olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 27, 2006
Nicely well-made, although it'll probably only appeal to young girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
April 6, 2006
Little Manhattan is the cutest, funniest, most heartbreaking and inspiring movie you will see all year
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 10, 2006
The freshness is authentic even when the whimsy grows hard to bear. The two leads are precocious in a way more typical of child actors than actual children.
February 17, 2006
This little family movie wants to be adorable and ALMOST gets there, but suffers from trying too hard to be too cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Luis Martinez
January 7, 2006
Todas las personas mayores han comenzado por ser niņos, pero pocas de ellas lo recuerdan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2005
As directed by Mark Levin, Little Manhattan is an endearing, affectionately humorous and even lyrical depiction of the dawning of adolescence amid the privileged.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
December 2, 2005
Becomes something quite startling -- a sweet story about first love that manages to be a great date movie for adults, too.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
December 1, 2005
[It's] as if the filmmakers (maybe without even realizing it) are mocking his emotions, implying that kids are just kids, and only think they feel what they're feeling.
Pete Croatto
October 28, 2005
it isn't about kids playing dress-up and talking like world-weary grown-ups. It's about knowing the right time to hold someone's hand
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
October 11, 2005
A beautiful, layered, uplifting, dizzyingly romantic motion picture. This is one of the year's very best films, and one of its most unexpected cinematic treasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Allison
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Spending about 90 minutes with these two does eventually warm the heart, even if they're stuck in a paint-by-numbers plot.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 3, 2005
This grotesquely manipulative bit of whimsy is like sucking on a sugar cube for ninety minutes when each of your teeth is suffering from an exposed nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 30, 2005
A moderately charming comedy depicting a fumbling prepubescent first romance in a beautiful, fairy-tale version of the borough.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Brian Lowry
September 30, 2005
Seeks to be a whimsical premise but, except for a few moments, proves ponderous instead.
Allison Corneau
TV Guide
September 30, 2005
Reliving the roller-coaster ride of young love from the point of view of these phenomenal young actors offers a humorous escape from the adult world, where the little things in relationships are often taken for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2005
A big surprise, a comedy detailing the angst of first love with rare candor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 30, 2005
What a treasure -- a funny, tart, romantic comedy about tweens suffering the pangs of first love. It makes the cityscape an essential part of the romance, like a junior, vintage Woody Allen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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