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Manhattan

(1979)
R In Theaters 04/25/1979 , 96min.
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Critic score based on 9 reviews

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Variety
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. Full Review
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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. Full Review
David Parkinson
Empire
One of Woody's most aesthetically gorgeous films as well as his classic love-hate letter to the city of his soul. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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. Full Review
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Never before has Allen been able to integrate comedy and pathos as deftly as he does in Manhattan. [28 Apr 1979, p. 17] Full Review

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