Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    Deft comedy set in a neurotic town. People may argue about the relative merits of Annie Hall vis-a-vis Manhattan, which is a better and more fully realized film. By this time Allen had forsworn the glib one-liner and spent more time developing well-rounded characters.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    100
    One of Woody's most aesthetically gorgeous films as well as his classic love-hate letter to the city of his soul.
  3. 100
    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. This is Allen in peak form, deftly mastering and combining the diverse threads of romance, drama, and comedy - and all against a black-and-white backdrop that makes us wonder why color is such a coveted characteristic in modern motion pictures.
  4. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    90
    What happens is not the substance of Manhattan as much as how it happens. The movie is full of moments that are uproariously funny and others that are sometimes shattering for the degree in which they evoke civilized desolation.
  5. 88
    this is a very good movie. Woody Allen is ... Woody, sublimely. Diane Keaton gives us a fresh and nicely edged New York intellectual. And Mariel Hemingway deserves some kind of special award for what's in some ways the most difficult role in the film.
  6. Never before has Allen been able to integrate comedy and pathos as deftly as he does in Manhattan. [28 Apr 1979, p. 17]
  7. With his co-writer, Randy Sue Coburn, and composer Mark Isham, director Alan Rudolph has created a sense of time and place that authentically conveys what it might have been like when writers were celebrities and special effects came from words. [10 Jan 1995, p.A18]
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Woody Allen uses New York City as a backdrop for the familiar story of the successful but neurotic urban over-achievers whose relationships always seem to end prematurely. The film is just as much about how wonderful a place the city is to live in as it is about the elusive search for love.
  9. 60
    The script is funny and observant, full of shocks of recognition, but for all his progress as a writer, Allen's direction remains disconcertingly amateurish. Still, it remains perhaps the only film in which Allen has been able to successfully imagine a personality other than his own.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 29, 2014
    10
    Manhattan is my favorite movie ever. Every aspect of the movie is spot on: the script, directing, acting, cinematography, etc. It staysManhattan is my favorite movie ever. Every aspect of the movie is spot on: the script, directing, acting, cinematography, etc. It stays grounded but still is dramatic and interesting. Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2015
    7
    Manhattan is a film that definitely stands the test of time. With great cinematography, great writing, and terrific performances from DianeManhattan is a film that definitely stands the test of time. With great cinematography, great writing, and terrific performances from Diane Keaton and Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan is already ahead of most films of this kind. However, the reason that I did not love it to the level I expected that I would be due to a few things. For one, Woody Allen's character is whiny to the point of pure annoyance in this one. I do not remember him being this damn whiny in Annie Hall, which turned me off immediately. Second, it was neither as funny or as romantic as one would expect from a film of this kind. It was romantic and funny at times, but never to the level that it should have been. Finally, the plot is so damn creepy. A 42 year old man dating a 17 year old girl? Jesus, Woody Allen let's be a little more subtle please. Regardless, as I said, the writing, imagery, and acting, are all impeccable, which really alleviate most of my concerns, and the direction from Woody Allen is very good as well as it perfectly paced and told very well. Overall, Manhattan is a very good film that does not feel as though it came out in 1979. Full Review »
  3. Sep 1, 2014
    8
    A timeless romance for the ages! Manhattan has grown to become one of Woody Allen's early greats and for good reason. Diane Keaton is sharp asA timeless romance for the ages! Manhattan has grown to become one of Woody Allen's early greats and for good reason. Diane Keaton is sharp as ever alongside former-partner Woody Allen in this smart romantic drama. Meryl Streep shows promise in an early-career role. Full Review »