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Manhattan Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 27, 2015
...a film that one admires more than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
March 4, 2015
Bittersweet romance with mature themes, sex, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
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.

Total Film
February 10, 2014
Defining, dry Woody Allen paean to New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
February 10, 2014
This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

People Magazine
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.
Josh Larsen
May 24, 2013
Has self-flagellation ever been this elegant?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
March 11, 2012
Manhattan is one of the greatest films ever made, with a final passage that's truly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 15, 2012
In "Manhattan," Allen has more to say about people, relationships, and human nature than he does in "Annie Hall" . . . but what he says, apart from a handful of hilarious lines, isn't as consistently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Adam Lippe
February 13, 2012
Manhattan is Allen's most fully realized film, especially in the way perspectives are developed. It's the rare movie that can be watched from a number of different points-of-view, without feeling cheated.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012
Allen's cynicism rears its head in this movie quite a bit, and in many ways he pokes fun at his own audience, though I doubt his die-hard fans catch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 11, 2011
A film with a sharp look and some glinting lines. Still, it's the city that Isaac/Allen has a nostalgic faith in, not people, or love, or even the film itself.
Emanuel Levy
August 25, 2010
Arguably this is Woody Allen's masterpiece, in which he revisits the themes of his bittersweet features and refines his distinctive serio-comic tone, not to mention Gordon's Willis brilliant b/w imagery and George Gershwin's evocative score.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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
Allen's greatest film? Spend time in its company and you'll find it hard to argue otherwise.
Peter Bradshaw
February 4, 2009
Manhattan is a great film about love in and love for New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
February 4, 2009
Allen has, in black and white, captured the inner beauty that lurks behind the outer layer of dirt and grime in Manhattan.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2009
Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity.
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