Like the occasionally interweaving vignettes of New York, I Love You, love can be fleeting - sometimes passing by before it can be fully appreciated, sometimes bleeding into its next adventure. And like love, the film has its share of ups and downs - the ups in this case being just enough to make it worthwhile.

Like the occasionally interweaving vignettes of New York, I Love You, love can be fleeting - sometimes passing by before it can be fully appreciated, sometimes bleeding into its next adventure. And like love, the film has its share of ups and downs - the ups in this case being just enough to make it worthwhile.

New York presents 11 bite-sized tales of love in its titular city, told by multiple writers and directors and with an ensemble of name actors, including Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom and more of the pretty people one expects to see in Manhattan. It's the same concept as 2006's Paris, Je T'aime, though with inferior execution.

A too-many-cooks anthology like this is all but certain to be a bit lopsided. Segments run roughly 10 minutes, and while some can be an enjoyable cinematic snack, others are weak links that feel like a drag even a few minutes in.

Overall, part of the problem is tone; it's consistent save a few jarring exceptions like a crudely comic segment from Rush Hour director Brett Ratner. Give me more sameness or more wild panache.

I may not have fallen in love with New York, I Love You, but it is a solid date movie, and at least worthy of a little crush.