Manhattan (1979)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 14, 1979
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of Woody Allen's early classics, Manhattan combines modern, bittersweet humor and timeless romanticism with unerring grace.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

With Manhattan, a sparkling romance about the overspecialized anxieties of overintellectualized New Yorkers, Woody Allen has bounced back from the sobriety of "Interiors" to an exhilarating new comic high.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Manhattan is not just Woody Allen's dream movie. Wistful as it is witty, it's his dream of the movies.

Tara Brady
Irish Times

A pretty and problematic picture that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Variety Staff

Allen has, in black and white, captured the inner beauty that lurks behind the outer layer of dirt and grime in Manhattan.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a film that one admires more than anything else.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Bittersweet romance with mature themes, sex, profanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is a classic Woody Allen film, complete with all the classic Woody Allen hallmarks, and, you know what? I actually had to watch it twice because upon… More
Louis Rogers
Great self analytical, poignant, romantic, bittersweet Woody Allen, beautifully shot in black and white.
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It struggles to engage throughout, but it has a strong start, great acting, and is definitely worth seeing as so to experience the genius of Woody Allen's… More
Daniel Perry
Quite possibly the quintessential Woody Allen film: a writer, New York, adultery, divorce, underage love affairs, malaise at the quality of mainstream… More
Sam Barnett
This classic's use of location is close to perfect, but unfortunately the story taking place in this romanticized metropolis is at its best standard and at… More
Nicki Marie
Typical Woody Allen film. I liked the black and white, but was constantly irritated by his 42 year old character and his 17 year old girl friend. Really seemed… More