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  • Summary: Manhattan is an extraordinary and funny film that explores the embattled life and loves of a successful New York comedy writer. (MGM)
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. 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.
  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. Never before has Allen been able to integrate comedy and pathos as deftly as he does in Manhattan. [28 Apr 1979, p. 17]
  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. 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]
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand
  2. JMH
    May 7, 2012
    Allen's best film. Among the standouts of American cinema in the post-studio era. Virtually perfect. The film's lifted to extraordinary heights by, among other things, a brilliant screenplay, careful direction, spectacular cinematography, and amazing performances from (particularly) Allen, Keaton, and Hemingway. There's more beneath the (glittering) surface of "Manhattan" than any Allen film. At the center of it all is a captivating tension between romantic ideals -- the drive to satisfy them, and the hypocritical demand that others do the same -- and something of far less starry-eyed allure -- reality. This tension is achieved in multiple, varied ways within the film. From the disconnect between the impeccable look of the film and the messes played out by the characters on screen, to the contrast between one character's surprisingly precocious authenticity and the world of disingenuous posturing that infects the remaining characters. The question at the end of "Manhattan," when revelation may find reality triumphing over romanticism, and taking on a more enduring, humane, and compassionate value of its own, is whether enlightenment (if that's what is) has come too late. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2011
    Manhattan has so much to offer, it's almost vexing. It's funny, sentimental, romantic, dramatic, musical, and visual. It's about romanticism, relationships, art, love, loss, narcissism, and realization. Yet all of this can take a backseat to a series of delicate moments, and instances of clarity. When watching, it's poetry in motion. When revisiting, it's an emotional treasure. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Jul 1, 2011
    This movie was simply fantastic. Another job well done Mr. Woody Allen. Woody Allen's character was so likable. You begin to really become attached to each character throughout the movie. It gets to where you don't want the characters to get hurt and you only want good things to happen to each character. Everything that occurs that is morally wrong you, of course, hope that everything fixes itself or gets fixed. This movie ties two things together very well, comedy and love. I highly recommend it. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2013
    One of the best films I've seen on a Saturday afternoon. The ever-so esoteric Issac Davis runs into several conflicts with his expectations in life and provides us with both a humorous drama that has been appreciated for several decades. Woody Allen is simply phenomenal, both in his acting and directional skills Expand
  7. Jun 30, 2013
    I don't like romantic comedies and I don't really like Woody Allen. So yeah, I didn't like this film very much. The characters are not really interesting or engaging and I felt the romance wasn't that great at all. At least it was quite short and not as slow moving or as dialogue-empty as other films. But still, I was not very pleased with this movie but then again others do and so I suggest you think carefully if you're considering watching this film. Expand

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