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DVD Review: New York, I Love You

April 20, 2010

New York, I Love You – An E1 Films Release

http://newyorkiloveyouthemovie.com/#/home

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 2010

Rated 14A for coarse language and sexual content

Running time: 103 minutes

Fatih Akin (dir.)

Yvan Attal (dir.)

Allen Hughes (dir.)

Shunji Iwai (dir.)

Wen Jiang (dir.)

Joshua Marston (dir.)

Mira Nair (dir.)

Brett Ratner (dir.)

Shekhar Kapur (dir.)

Natalie Portman (dir.)

Randall Balsmeyer (director of the transitions)

 

Fatih Akin (writer)

Yvan Attal (writer)

Olivier Lécot (writer)

Suketu Mehta (writer)

 

Natalie Portman as Rifka

Bradley Cooper as Gus

Shia LaBeouf as Jacob

Julie Christie as Isabelle

 

*For a complete list of the all-star cast & crew, please click here.*

 

Our reviews below:

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New York, I Love You DVD Review By John C.

*** (out of 4)

In the grand tradition of Paris, Je T’aime, comes New York, I Love You – the second entry in the official ‘I Love’ series.  Featuring an all-star cast, the film weaves together numerous short stories about New York, written and directed by a strong variety of actors and directors.  The dialogue is full of observational wit and brilliant exchanges between actors, and it’s often so good that it would make any great playwright jealous.

 

Some of the segments fall a little short, but that’s to be expected.  The majority of the stuff here is amazingly well written, especially the opening sequence about a pickpocket.  Other standout sequences include Anton Yelchin and Olivia Thirlby as prom dates, Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman as an older couple celebrating their anniversary, and one written and directed by Natalie Portman.  All in all, there is more than enough here to make New York, I Love You a must-watch.

 

The DVD includes 2 bonus segments, and 5 director interviews.

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New York, I Love You DVD Review By Erin V.

*** (out of 4)

It’s not my favourite style of filmmaking, having a film that’s more a collection of shorts.  Rather than a movie it feels like watching a set at a festival, which isn’t bad, just a different experience.  But, New York, I Love You manages to tie the stories together through the city nicely, and paint its picture of New York.

 

I found some of the shorts better than others, and those were usually the ones with a more sweet or fun feel to them (pickpocket, prom date, elderly couple, etc.).  When they went kind of strange, it lost me a little.  All of them were well directed and acted though, and while not my favourite film I’ve seen recently, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.  On the whole, it is a fairly even, solid set, by talented directors.

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New York, I Love You DVD Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

Following the trend of movies like Paris, Je T’aime, New York, I Love You takes a glimpse at the lives of different people in New York.  10 different love stories are told, from young loves, to a hilarious older couple, from one night stands , to mysterious and unexpected connections to each other.  Loosely connected by a young filmmaker, the different characters lives overlap.

 

With an all-star cast, and 11 different directors, film composers, and writers, New York, I Love You is an interesting film that is worth checking out.

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New York, I Love You DVD Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

New York, I Love You is an intelligent, often touching and funny journey through a wide variety of love stories.  Each segment has a different director and the loosely related stories flow seamlessly from one to the next.  The dialogue is smart and believably New York.  The all-star cast delivers excellent performances in every segment.

 

The segments range from a hilarious exchange between pickpockets, to an unusual prom date, to my personal favourite, an elderly couple played by Cloris Leachman and Eli Wallach.  New York, I Love You is an interesting, well-made film that is worth seeing on DVD.

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New York, I Love You DVD Review By Tony

**** (out of 4)

The second (after Paris, Je T’Aime) in the franchise of city love films, New York, I Love You ties together a fine local and international cast in a number of vignettes under 11 different directors in a remarkably seamless way.  Though the tales are self-contained, some characters pop up in each others’ stories.  The scripts are consistently good and  accessible, often not the case in this kind of anthology that lends itself to weird self-indulgence for some “auteurs”.  Many have an unexpected twist that is very satisfying.

 

I don’t wish to spoil the fun, but I will point out some highlights.  Though the common theme is love, other issues come up, such as honour among thieves. Following a routine transaction in the 47th St. diamond market a Hassidic Jew and a Jain compare dietary restrictions and the requirement of Hassidic brides to wear wigs to the Indian tradition of tonsure (recently seen in Good Hair) that likely supplied them.  One recurring character has a camcorder to observe the others, while another is a call girl.  There is a memorable prom night, a walk in the park with a little girl and her caregiver, and a delightful Brighton Beach stroll with Ei Wallach and Cloris Leachman as a couple celebrating 63 years of marriage.

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Consensus: This collection of interweaving short stories about New York is exceptionally well written and acted, with several standout segments that make it a must-watch on DVD.

***1/4 (Out of 4)

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