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Woody Allen combines witty dialogue, the music of George Gershwin, and atmospheric location shooting in one of his best romantic comedies. Isaac, a neurotic writer in his forties, is romantically involved with Tracy, a 17-year-old student. But things get complicated when he starts to date Mary, his best friend's ex-mistress.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film should not come as a complete surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to Allen's doings lately. This is the movie that Annie Hall hinted at and to which last year's Interiors, flawed as it was, seems to have served as a necessary prelude."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Allen has, in black and white, captured the inner beauty that lurks behind the outer layer of dirt and grime in Manhattan."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Defining, dry Woody Allen paean to New York City."
‑ , Total Film
"Has self-flagellation ever been this elegant?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Manhattan is Allen's most fully realized film, especially in the way perspectives are developed. It's the rare movie that can be watched from a number of different points-of-view, without feeling cheated."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"Allen serves up a nostalgia that was utterly of its time; he incarnates an idea of the city that, even now, remains as strong as its reality and refracts his disappointed ideals into high existential crises."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"Manhattan is one of the greatest films ever made, with a final passage that's truly devastating."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Film Freak Central
"Allen's cynicism rears its head in this movie quite a bit, and in many ways he pokes fun at his own audience, though I doubt his die-hard fans catch it."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Manhattan is not just Woody Allen's dream movie. Wistful as it is witty, it's his dream of the movies."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"This is a deeply self-critical film about immaturity and the gift of real love. Many films can be said to put an epitaph on the decade, but few remain as relevant."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"As a slightly ironic comedy-romance (it's shot, beautifully, in black and white by cinematographer Gordon Willis and the background music is all Gershwin), the film is a success of classic proportions."
‑ , People Magazine
"In "Manhattan," Allen has more to say about people, relationships, and human nature than he does in "Annie Hall" . . . but what he says, apart from a handful of hilarious lines, isn't as consistently funny."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A film with a sharp look and some glinting lines. Still, it's the city that Isaac/Allen has a nostalgic faith in, not people, or love, or even the film itself."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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