In the thick of a midlife crisis, television writer Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) finds himself torn between the sweet but far too young Tracy (Mariel Hemingway, who received an Oscar nod for the role) and his best friend's mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton). Shot in black and white and in wide-screen format -- both firsts for director Allen -- this film is as much a paean to the city he calls home as it is a tale of Davis's romantic foibles.
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Comedy writer's lovers and friends. Peak Allen fare, to grand Gershwin flavoring. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 98%
Critics' score: 98   Audience score: 91   Rotten Tomatoes page
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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. full review

Richard Brody, New Yorker

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

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

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

Variety Staff, Variety

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

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Mr. Allen's progress as one of our major filmmakers is proceeding so rapidly that we who watch him have to pause occasionally to catch our breath. full review

Vincent Canby, New York Times

If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the 'average' entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Seeing it again I realize it's more subtle, more complex, and not about love, but loss. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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  • Release Year: 1979
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Available From: Nov 01, 2012
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