Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    One of Woody's most aesthetically gorgeous films as well as his classic love-hate letter to the city of his soul.
  4. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    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)
    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

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 29, 2014
    Manhattan 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. Sep 1, 2014
    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 as ever alongside former-partner Woody Allen in this smart romantic drama. Meryl Streep shows promise in an early-career role. Full Review »
  3. Jun 30, 2014
    "Manhattan" is Woody Allen's best movie so far, right up there next to Annie Hall. The film is an in-depth character study about relationships in the greatest city on Earth and how people affect each other. The movie is convincing with its amazing acting, wonderful story, and almost flawless screenplay. Woody gives his character such quirk and self conceit that you can't help but feel sorry for the poor man. Full Review »