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I love New York, too; but I can't say the same about 'New York, I Love You', an anthology of short films -- each one a sort of "love story" -- set in New York City.

Maybe the "love story" theme is part of the problem; while I don't automatically hate all movies classified as "love stories", it's rare that I think "rom-coms" (or other romance-oriented films) are better than average.

However, it isn't JUST the romance aspect that made me not care for this one; in 'New York, I Love You', the stories aren't all about romantic love. These stories simply aren't very interesting, and don't tie together very well as a whole.

The film stars an ensemble cast, and includes a handful actors I've enjoyed in other movies (Ethan Hawke, Andy Garcia, Robin Wright, Burt Young) as well as several actors who have never done much for me (and perhaps that "prejudice" influenced my opinion -- but let's just say that I thought the story with Orlando Bloom and Christina Ricci was one of the most boring ones).

Hawke is alright, though I didn't like his character much. Mostly, I just kept wondering why Hawke's voice sounded so bizarrely different (am I the only one who noticed this? I hadn't seen him in anything prior to this for awhile, so maybe his voice has sounded different for a long time.)

There ARE a few stories here that pass the time, and I did enjoy the setting, so I'll go ahead and give the film two stars (or 4/10).

But for a better movie anthology of short stories that celebrate New York (also starring an ensemble cast), check out 'Subway Stories: Tales from the Undergroud' -- which includes a couple of weaker stories itself, but in general is much more entertaining than 'New York, I Love You'.

Added by thaskett
3 years ago on 20 February 2015 23:52

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