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The omnibus film New York Stories is the product of three powerhouse filmmakers. The film is divided into three stories, each exploring a different aspect of life in the Big Apple. Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorcese, is a Dostoevsky-like tale of the rarefied Art World, with Nick Nolte as a self-indulgent abstractionist who loves Rosanna Arquette, but can't bring himself to lie to her about her negligible artistic talents. Life Without Zoe, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is more than a little reminiscent of Kay Thompson's Eloise stories, with 12-year-old Zoe (Heather McComb)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether it happened by chance or design, the sketches have more than just New York in common: all three have something to do with middle age, as well as with romantic relationships."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Allen's contribution is the only one that can be counted as a genuine success."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"All three films are in different ways concerned with how love affects their central characters, and all three are predictably stylish."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Worth it for the Allen episode."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Scosese's work alone is worth a viewing"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"Only Woody Allen seems to have understood what is possible in a featurette."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"New York Stories consists of three films, one good, one bad, one disappointing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Each film is distinct from the other in its tone, which in some ways is good, but it also hinders any rhythm from emerging other than the fact that this club loves a certain city."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Have a blast with the first story, fast-forward through the second and check out the last."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Scorsese's story of artistic obsession is underdeveloped (and Coppola's segment is entirely unwatchable), but Allen's hilarious comedy about the looming forces of motherhood saves the day."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"It's still too early to tell whether the cheering New York Stories will be a box-office hit, but one can hope."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A novel and fascinating foray into highly stylized, highly personal filmmaking."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"As Meatloaf once said, two out of three ain't bad"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Two out of three ain't bad."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Vale como exercício para os cinéfilos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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