New York, I Love You (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Like many anthologies, New York, I Love You has problems of consistency, but it isn't without its moments.

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Some of the world's most-respected directors align forces to pay tribute to the city of the New York in this unconventional omnibus sister film to 2006's Paris, Je T'Aime. Broken into short segments, New York, I Love You is comprised of ten films, most choosing to take a down-to-earth approach to the stories of the countless lives lived in the city on a given day. The segments are as follows, chronologically: Segment 1 -- Directed by Jiang Wen; written by Hu Hong and Meng Yao; starring Hayden Christensen, Andy Garcia, and Rachel Bilson. Segment 2 -- Directed by Mira Nair; written by Suketu Mehta; starring Natalie Portman and Irfan Khan. Segment 3 -- Written and directed by Shunji Iwai; adaptation by Israel Horovitz. Starring Orlando Bloom and Christina Ricci. Segment 4 -- Directed by Yvan Attal; written by Olivier Lécot and Yvan Attal; starring Robin Wright Penn, Ethan Hawke, Maggie Q, and Chris Cooper. Segment 5 -- Directed by Brett Ratner; written by Jeff Nathanson; starring Anton Yelchin, James Caan, Olivia Thirlby, and Blake Lively Segment 6 -- Directed by Allen Hughes; written by Xan Cassavetes and Stephen Winter; starring Drea de Matteo and Bradley Cooper. Segment 7 -- Directed by Shekhar Kapur; written by Anthony Minghella; starring Julie Christie, John Hurt, and Shia LaBeouf. Segment 8 -- Written and directed by Natalie Portman; starring Taylor Geare, Carlos Acosta, and Jacinda Barrett. Segment 9 -- Written and directed by Fatih Akin; starring Burt Young, Ugur Yucel, and Shu Qi. Segment 10 -- Written and directed by Joshua Marston; starring Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman. Transitions in between segments -- Directed by Randall Balsmeyer; written by Israel Horovitz, James Strouse, and Hall Powell; starring Emilie Ohana, Eva Amurri, and Justin Bartha.

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Cast

Hayden Christensen
as Ben (Jiang Wen segment)
Natalie Portman
as Rifka (Mira Nair segment)
Orlando Bloom
as David (Shunji Iwai segment)
Blake Lively
as Ex-Girlfriend (Brett Ratner segment)
John Hurt
as Bellhop (Shekhar Kapur segment)
Shia LaBeouf
as Jacob (Shekhar Kapur segment)
Chris Cooper
as Alex (Yvan Attal segment)
James Caan
as Mr. Riccoli (Brett Ratner segment)
Eli Wallach
as Abe (Joshua Marston segment)
Cloris Leachman
as Mitzie (Joshua Marston segment)
Justin Bartha
as Hall Powell (Randy Balsmeyer transitions)
Julie Christie
as Isabelle (Shekhar Kapur segment)
Robin Wright
as Anna (Yvan Attal segment)
Ethan Hawke
as Writer (Yvan Attal segment)
Qi Shu
as Chinese Herbalist (Fatih Akin segment)
Jacinda Barrett
as Maggie (Natalie Portman segment)
Christina Ricci
as Camille (Shunji Iwai segment)
Andy Garcia
as Garry (Jiang Wen segment)
Anton Yelchin
as Boy (Brett Ratner segment)
Burt Young
as Landlord (Fatih Akin segment)
Rachel Bilson
as Molly (Jiang Wen segment)
Olivia Thirlby
as Actress (Brett Ratner segment)
Bradley Cooper
as Gus (Allen Hughes segment)
Maggie Q
as Call Girl (Yvan Attal segment)
Drea de Matteo
as Lydia (Allen Hughes segment)
Ugur Yücel
as Painter (Fatih Akin segment)
Eva Amurri
as Sarah (Randy Balsmeyer transitions)
Carlos Acosta
as Dante (Natalie Portman segment)
Taylor Geare
as Teya (Natalie Portman segment)
Emilie Ohana
as Zoe, the Video Artist (Randy Balsmeyer transitions)
Irrfan Khan
as Mansukhbhai (Mira Nair segment)
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Critic Reviews for New York, I Love You

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (29)

While many of the segments amuse, and rarely wear out their welcome (the average running time is eight minutes apiece), it rapidly becomes apparent that each of them has some kind of twist, like an O Henry short story.

Full Review… | November 29, 2009
Toronto Star
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It's a bit too arty, and a bit too cute, but it charms and cajoles with the pluck of a native New Yorker.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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The project is lush and seductive as a whole, though some segments are especially vibrant.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Because so many of the segments are about young lovers, the standouts involve people past their prime.

October 29, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The film only feels like two or three different sort of approaches are represented. They don't really feel like widely different attacks on the material.

October 19, 2009
Chicago Tribune
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The characters are all more or less useless, inhabiting the frivolous tippy-top of Maslow's pyramid of needs, with little sense that there's anyone essential at the bottom. It's fun, but decadent.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for New York, I Love You

Patchy. Like all movies made up of many short stories, some of it is interesting, some of it may have not bothered.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

The premise seemed to make for an interesting film but there was not much cohesion to it. Some of the stories are either too short or too artsy and left me with a sense of not really "getting it".

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Such a great cast, such a waste. "New York, I love You" is a series of short stories about different people in New York, and their relationships. So many stories are meshed together that you really don't care for most of the characters or their situations. I hoped this was going to be a newer "Love Actually." Instead it's a collection of "arty" short films, strung together very poorly. You would think a cast that includes, Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Shia LeBouf, Natalie Portman, Chris Cooper, Christina Ricci, Justin Bartha, Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Cloris Leachman, Maggie Q, Andy Garcia, Blake Lively, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, and Anton Yelchin would be a GREAT movie. Unfortunately, actors don't always make the movie. "New York, I Love You" I hate the yankees, and I hate you too. Don't watch this crap, no wonder I had never heard of it til I saw it on the shelf at the library,

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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