Little Manhattan Reviews

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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
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Brian Lowry
Variety
September 30, 2005
Seeks to be a whimsical premise but, except for a few moments, proves ponderous instead.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2005
A totem to white privilege.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
September 27, 2005
Who is this movie's target audience, anyway? Preteens will be bored stupid, while adults are unlikely to want to revisit puppy love in such grueling detail.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 30, 2005
It begins to wear a little thin in a feature format.
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
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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.
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
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
July 15, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 25, 2005
This adorable comedy will appeal to all those who loved and experienced giddy feelings during "A Little Romance."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 29, 2005
It's the little things such as confusing voices on the phone that show you that the husband-wife team of director Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett are paying close attention to what kids do, say and go through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Allison Corneau
TV Guide's Movie 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
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.
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Ned Martel
New York Times
September 30, 2005
This small-scale, perfectly acted family film listens in on all the doubts and desires of an 11-year-old as he confronts new feelings about a girl he has known practically all his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2005
A big surprise, a comedy detailing the angst of first love with rare candor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 7, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 8, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
March 17, 2006

BBC.com
June 6, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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