The Apartment Reviews

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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
February 23, 2015
Production and direction wise, Wilder sustains his usual excellence. But his story is controversial and I am not one of those who can quite see The Apartment as the great comedy-drama he evidently intended it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine
August 7, 2014
...despite all its cynicism, The Apartment still ends on a hopeful note...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
February 10, 2014
From such potentially edgy material Wilder and co-writer IAL Diamond sculpt an unforgettable romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
Wilder, a bilious and mercurial wit, here becomes a wide-screen master of time ...
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 24, 2013
Despite some entertaining moments and a terrific performance by its lead, it's not a perfect film and does have some problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 29, 2012
{VIDEO ESSAY} Billy Wilder's classic Manhattan-based romantic comedy comes with a sly critique regarding 50's era corporate culture of rampant misogyny and unbridled ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
June 15, 2012
When assessing his own work Billy Wilder described The Apartment as being the film with the fewest mistakes. And he is right: it is as near to perfect as is possible.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 15, 2012
Beautifully written and directed by the great Billy Wilder, bittersweet and heartfelt, this is sheer delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
June 14, 2012
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine shine as two essentially good souls trapped in a tangle of office politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
June 14, 2012
Wilder has made some truly great movies, but this one is not the masterpiece we thought it was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 13, 2012
Even over a half-century on, The Apartment remains a biting classic due to its modern romantic sensibilities and Lemmon's commanding, thoroughly charming central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Miles Fielder
The List
June 13, 2012
This really is a film of ever increasing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
June 13, 2012
No one does the pitchblack flipside of funny like Wilder, and 1960's The Apartment is the darkest he ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 8, 2012
Directed by Wilder with attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it's lifted considerably by the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 12, 2012
This Oscar-winning Best Picture still has the power and appeal that won audiences over back in 1960.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012
The cast brings the film together, showing Lemmon and MacLaine as more than just comedic performers, but also as those who can hold their own with heavier script elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A perfect mix of comedy, drama, and romance, The Apartment showcases writer/director Billy Wilder at the peak of his creative talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 12, 2010
A screen gem that attained classic status in about as much time as it takes to comb one's hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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TIME Magazine
February 18, 2009
A comedy of men's-room humours and water-cooler politics that now and then among the belly laughs says something serious and sad about the struggle for success, about what it often does to a man, and about the horribly small world of big business.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 18, 2008
[Lemmon's character is] a whingeing, self-pitying figure who, like other Wilder practitioners, cannot recognise the extent of his turpitude, and this is both the strength and weakness of a remarkable movie.
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