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Manhattan Murder Mystery

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Witty Woody Allen film about marriage and maybe murder.

Movie PG 1993 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


I don't know why people say:6 and up! Any child can watch this!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+

Allen is a comic genius!

This is the sort of movie I can watch over and over. In one word I would say it is clever. A combination of mystery, suspense, drama, and Allen's ingenious humor, Manhattan Murder Mystery is my favorite Woody Allen movie. Perhaps my favorite movie - period. The plot was fresh, and having such humor with suspense is just too good. Another quality I enjoy in this movie is how Allen avoids an "over-polished" look. For instance, the scene where a neighbor in the hallway asks Paul about a rent increase. The actor appears to stumble for the right word, but Allen let the scene go that way giving it a very natural look. The restaurant scenes also portray realism with multiple conversations at one time; a quality I love in all of his movies. This makes reviewing the movies interesting- you pick up something new each time you watch it! Woody Allen's style is definitely an intelligent humor.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY is one of director Allen's better films in a long career filled with hits and misses. The mystery at the center is fun, satisfying, and surprising, and the audience will enjoy uncovering the truth nearly as much as the four characters.

But that's only part of the story. Like many of Allen's movies, the story is a partly a vehicle to show off the characters, and to see how they relate to each other. And there's no more delightful Woody Allen movie pairing than him and Keaton to take on the roles of the long-married Liptons, who love each other and are comfortable with each other, but a little bored, too. The murder investigation is just the thing to infuse some needed zing into their relationship. And we, as viewers, are lucky to come along for the ride.

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