Manhattan Murder Mystery
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There's a real murder and a real mystery in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, but these plot pegs are used mainly to allow Allen to explore modern urban relationships. Allen plays a N.Y.C. book editor, Larry Lipton, married to Carol (Diane Keaton, who replaced Mia Farrow at the last minute, for reasons well publicized at the time). Carol is a free spirit, ever willing to try new experiences, but Larry is a wet blanket. When it begins to look like a neighbor has killed his wife, Carol is eager to investigate the mystery, but Larry thinks her suspicions are nonsensical and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Nobody labors quite like Woody Allen to produce a modest entertainment."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"That Woody Allen found time to be remotely funny -- in the midst of his highly publicized legal troubles -- surely merits some kind of professional award."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"An engaging life imitates art comedy/crime drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...Woody Allen at his best."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A cute Allen comedy; not one of his classics, but has some inspired moments."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A movie inspired by movie escapism. Minor, but surprisingly, almost defiantly upbeat."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
""Manhattan Murder Mystery" is an accomplished balancing act."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Witty Woody Allen film about marriage and maybe murder."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Terrific Woody Allen thrill comedy with the great Keaton co-starring as a plus."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A frequently funny flick that reminds one of the younger, odder Woody Allen."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Although "Manhattan Murder Mystery" struggles with its own contrivances, it achieves a gentle, nostalgic grace and a hint of un-self-conscious wisdom."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Happily, these two stir up stardust memories of his earlier, funnier work, instead of the embarrassing voyeurism of "Husbands and Wives.""
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A minor-league Allen, an amiable romp that, like The Thin Man, tries to blend suspense with marital comedy, not always successfully."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A deft blend of humor and suspence. It's almost as if Allen missed his calling to direct thrillers."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"The Woodman is back and he's in rare form. Manhattan Murder Mystery is Woody Allen's first flat-out comedy in years."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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