As Lisa’s little world comes up against the realm of public power . . . , the movie rises to a grand symbolic pitch; it’s a city symphony, romantic yet scathing, lyrical with street life and vaulting skylines, reckless with first adventure, and awed by the intellectual and poetic abstractions on which the great machine runs. Lonergan’s longer, three-hour-plus cut expands some plot points and, above all, emphasizes his nearly metaphysical vision of New York.
December 29, 2017