Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. 80
    The chatty, romantic roundelay takes a lighthearted look at the misadventures of six in the city.
  2. 75
    The movie is funny without being hilarious, touching but not tearful, and articulate in the way that Burns is articulate, by nibbling earnestly around an idea as if afraid that the core has seeds.
  3. It's by far the best cast Burns has assembled -- so much so that, unlike his other films, he doesn't come near dominating it.
  4. 75
    Romantic comedies don't have to be profound when they are as appealing as this one.
  5. Burns' movie shows a Woody.esque affection for a certain slice of New York and its denizens (with the angst and neuroses quieted down a notch or two).
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The film's flaws seem unimportant, and it passes the big test, making you want to find out what happens to these characters, even when what does happen is predictable.
  7. There's a lot of talk about sex in Sidewalks of New York, but precious little of it. And that's part of the point.
  8. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    60
    The story is tight and engaging, the acting first-rate, the themes solid and presented without being sentimental or preachy. But let's hope his next film ("Ash Wednesday") has something new to say.
  9. 60
    Isn't much more than a student film made by a talented amateur who's in over his head. Burns has a decent eye and a breezy sense of pace, and he'll make better movies if he remembers where he came from.
  10. The time is right for a breezy, captivating New York romantic comedy. Sidewalks of New York is not an especially good movie, but it will do.
  11. It's a veritable Greek chorus of wry therapeutic chatter, the touchy-feely pensées skittering over the stock dualities of adultery and fidelity, lust and devotion, narcissism and intimacy, blah, blah, blah.
  12. 50
    Wears out its welcome fast because of its artistic pretensions and self-absorbed characters. You'd be better off renting "Manhattan" instead.
  13. Burns has a hard time finding a central idea, some overall point that isn't borrowed or trite. Or both.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Those who teach public speaking sometimes advocate telling your audience what you're going to tell them, then actually telling them, then telling them what you've told them. Sidewalks reproves this isn't a wise path for movies.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    Charming, low-key ensemble comedy that recalls the films of both John Cassavetes and Woody Allen, which is to say it's a loosely structured, quasi-improvisational saga about a bunch of New Yorkers obsessing about relationships.
  16. Wispy, cosmopolitan slice-of-life.
  17. 50
    Though the acting in "Sidewalks" is uniformly fine, particularly among the female cast, it's hard to glimpse any meaningful vision, sly insights or cinematic flair.
  18. It makes the same misstep that Allen's comedies often do: It assumes that the lives of these people are only about sex and love, and so that's all we ever see of them. This one-and-a-half-dimensionality wears thin.
  19. Despite a synthetic optimism in the script, the movie's pervasive bleakness is relieved only by some bright performances.
  20. Burns' trite talk and familiar romantic conflicts doesn't do any of the characters any favors. Everyone comes off flat and forced, with one notable and lovely exception: Dawson.
  21. 40
    Burns, who made a career out of his mildly charming Irish-American rogue persona, has, with his latest and fourth feature, finally sloughed off the remaining traces of that charm, along with, apparently, the vestiges of a personality.
  22. The assumption among many when the movie was postponed was that Paramount Classics felt New Yorkers weren't emotionally equipped for something bright or frothy or vivacious. They needn't have been concerned.
  23. Too bad it isn't quite funny enough to be mistaken for "Jackass."
  24. A waterlogged bagel, hardly the valentine to New York it imagines itself to be.
  25. Though the writing doesn't work, you have to give Burns credit for shrewd direction. He gets the best performances I've seen from Graham and Murphy.
  26. 30
    Achieves inadvertent pathos via its own obscene irrelevance.
  27. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Not just instantly forgettable, but beginning to fade from memory even as its images still play across the screen.
  28. Dramatically and conceptually, the movie sits there, flat, naked and trying too hard with too little.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Ukie
    Dec 18, 2005
    8
    I really liked it. It's a film about sex and relationships of average people, in this case New Yorkers. Acting is decent, and the I really liked it. It's a film about sex and relationships of average people, in this case New Yorkers. Acting is decent, and the charecters are realistic and bright. Beats the larger then life action packed crap if you're in the mood for something about real life. Full Review »