Manhattan Reviews

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January 9, 2018
What George M. Cohan did with the Stars and Stripes in 1919, Allen is doing with neurosis in 1979: waving it, telling us that as long as we're proud of it, we're all pretty damned OK. That's the real romance of Manhattan.
December 18, 2015
With Manhattan, a sparkling romance about the overspecialized anxieties of overintellectualized New Yorkers, Woody Allen has bounced back from the sobriety of "Interiors" to an exhilarating new comic high.
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February 10, 2014
The film should not come as a complete surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to Allen's doings lately. This is the movie that Annie Hall hinted at and to which last year's Interiors, flawed as it was, seems to have served as a necessary prelude.
September 3, 2012
Allen serves up a nostalgia that was utterly of its time; he incarnates an idea of the city that, even now, remains as strong as its reality and refracts his disappointed ideals into high existential crises.
February 4, 2009
Manhattan is not just Woody Allen's dream movie. Wistful as it is witty, it's his dream of the movies.
February 4, 2009
Manhattan is a great film about love in and love for New York.
August 6, 2019
The gorgeous black and white photography recalls the smoky images of a New York that existed perhaps only in portraits on a wall, but it also evokes the way its lead character, and by proxy Allen himself.
March 9, 2019
I don't know if I can think of a Woody Allen film that looks as good.
July 31, 2018
Allen has always had difficulty harmonising his comic talents and the skittering form of his films: Manhattan is a temporary resolution gratefully received.
February 8, 2018
More classic than ever, Allen has finished a work of rare perfection... [Full review in Spanish]
February 6, 2018
There is a good deal of honest concern in Allen's wrestling with the Angel, not to mention that he is a man of uncommon charm and wit. But the theme is beginning to wear thin ...
December 14, 2017
It feels like a mean-spirited parody of Annie Hall.
June 14, 2017
A pretty and problematic picture that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
June 27, 2015
...a film that one admires more than anything else.
March 4, 2015
Bittersweet romance with mature themes, sex, profanity.
February 10, 2014
The quips about life, love and art are ageless.
February 10, 2014
This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy.
February 10, 2014
As a slightly ironic comedy-romance (it's shot, beautifully, in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis and the background music is all Gershwin), the film is a success of classic proportions.
May 24, 2013
Has self-flagellation ever been this elegant?
March 11, 2012
Manhattan is one of the greatest films ever made, with a final passage that's truly devastating.
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