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Sidewalks of New York

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Edward Burns

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Plot Summary

A documentary film crew follows the lives of six New Yorkers as their lives unexpectedly intersect — or at least that's what writer, director, and actor Edward Burns would like you to believe in this comedy-drama that looks at the rocky road of relationships in the Big Apple. After sharing the stories of their earliest sexual experiences with an interviewer, six people are trailed by a cameraman through the course of an average day. Tommy (Edward Burns) is a successful television producer (and unsuccessful novelist) who becomes quickly infatuated when he meets Maria (Rosario Dawson) in a video store. Maria is a teacher at an upscale private school who has just gotten out of a bad marriage with Ben (David Krumholtz), a struggling musician with a day job as a doorman. Ben, on the other hand, finds himself attracted to Ashley (Brittany Murphy) when she waits on his table at a coffee shop. Ashley, as it happens, is involved in an affair with Griffin (Stanley Tucci), a dentist who is chronically unfaithful to his wife Annie (Heather Graham). Annie, a real estate agent, also happens to be friends with Tommy, one of her customers, bringing the circle to a close. Shot in only 16 days, Sidewalks of New York marked a return to (relatively) low-budget filmmaking for Edward Burns, who directed two less-than-successful major studio projects following his breakthrough with the independent feature The Brothers McMullen.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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57%
  • Reviews Counted: 92
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 40
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Such a negligible romantic comedy that its main distinction is fleeting shots of the World Trade Center in the background. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Nov 21, 2001

Fresh: Reminds us, deep down, of why we love New York -- and a lot of people in it. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: [Burns] has a hard time finding a central idea, some overall point that isn't borrowed or trite. Or both. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 18, 2002

Fresh: Its New York flavor and energies are the real thing, and it grows on you. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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