Manhattan Reviews

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.
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.
February 4, 2009
Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity.
June 24, 2006
Woody Allen's gem of comic kvetching.
May 20, 2003
Mr. Allen's progress as one of our major filmmakers is proceeding so rapidly that we who watch him have to pause occasionally to catch our breath.
March 14, 2002
If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the 'average' entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art.
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April 17, 2001
The film perfectly captured the insecurity of late 1970s America.
April 11, 2001
Seeing it again I realize it's more subtle, more complex, and not about love, but loss.