The film follows the marital and dating lives of three men and three women who unknowingly form a tangled web of relationships. Interspersing "man on the street" interviews with scenes from the six characters' lives, the film weaves a humorous and biting commentary on the game of love -- easy to start, hard to finish.
Surely, after everything this city has been through this fall, the time is right for a breezy, captivating New York romantic comedy. "Sidewalks of New York" is not an especially good movie, but it will do. Six Manhattanites converge to date, to fight and to seek love in a story that plays like Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" without the misanthropy or the intellectual pretension. This is a good thing, but Edward Burns shows limited interest in his characters, and seems a little too comfortable with the limitations of his imagination. The movie is likable, but not especially memorable. – A. O. Scott
2001-11-21 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Sidewalks of New York