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Manhattan

8/10
Comedy . Drama . Romance
 

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

 
Actors: Woody Allen , Diane Keaton , Michael Murphy , Mariel Hemingway , Meryl Streep , Anne Byrne Hoffman , Karen Ludwig , Michael O'Donoghue , Wallace Shawn , Tisa Farrow
Directors: Woody Allen
Country: USA
Release: 1979-04-25
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  • 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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • David Parkinson

    One of Woody's most aesthetically gorgeous films as well as his classic love-hate letter to the city of his soul.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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.

    Time Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jay Scott

    Never before has Allen been able to integrate comedy and pathos as deftly as he does in Manhattan. [28 Apr 1979, p. 17]

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
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