Berardinelli Reviews NYILY

I’m quite a fan of critic James Berardinelli, so I’m pleased to see that his “New York, I Love You” review resulted in 3 stars out of 4.

The full review is here but below I have a couple key excerpts.

Since all of the vignettes are short, those that don’t work are bypassed fairly quickly (there are only one or two). The pacing is brisk and, for the most part, the interweaving of stories and limited crossing over of players does not feel forced. On the other hand, there’s too little time for any significant character development and some of the more intriguing narrative arcs cry out for expansion.

None of the stories has enough screen time to allow for the characteristics and abilities of the directors to shine through. As a result, it’s impossible to say whether Natalie Portman’s first outing behind the camera is successful; the best that can be said is that it’s competently done.