Little Manhattan
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The bittersweet pangs of first love among sixth graders sets the stage for this romantic comedy. Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) is an 11-year-old boy living on the more exclusive side of New York City; his parents, Adam (Bradley Whitford) and Leslie (Cynthia Nixon), are splitting up, and as their marriage slowly crumbles, they've both become increasingly protective of their son. While most of Gabe's friends are still firmly in the "girls are yucky" stage, Gabe has found his head turned by Rosemary (Charlie Ray), a cute girl in his karate class. Negotiating the tricky waters of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As directed by Mark Levin, Little Manhattan is an endearing, affectionately humorous and even lyrical depiction of the dawning of adolescence amid the privileged."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Seeks to be a whimsical premise but, except for a few moments, proves ponderous instead."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Refreshingly realistic tween tale of first love."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Little Manhattan is the cutest, funniest, most heartbreaking and inspiring movie you will see all year"
‑ Willie Waffle,
"Todas las personas mayores han comenzado por ser niņos, pero pocas de ellas lo recuerdan."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"[It's] as if the filmmakers (maybe without even realizing it) are mocking his emotions, implying that kids are just kids, and only think they feel what they're feeling."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"A big surprise, a comedy detailing the angst of first love with rare candor."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"A Woody Allen-style New York romcom, only with eleven year-olds."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The freshness is authentic even when the whimsy grows hard to bear. The two leads are precocious in a way more typical of child actors than actual children."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Becomes something quite startling -- a sweet story about first love that manages to be a great date movie for adults, too."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"A moderately charming comedy depicting a fumbling prepubescent first romance in a beautiful, fairy-tale version of the borough."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"What a treasure -- a funny, tart, romantic comedy about tweens suffering the pangs of first love. It makes the cityscape an essential part of the romance, like a junior, vintage Woody Allen."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Nicely well-made, although it'll probably only appeal to young girls."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"This little family movie wants to be adorable and ALMOST gets there, but suffers from trying too hard to be too cute."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"it isn't about kids playing dress-up and talking like world-weary grown-ups. It's about knowing the right time to hold someone's hand"
‑ Pete Croatto,
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