The Apartment Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
I wouldn't call this 1960 picture one of Billy Wilder's best comedies -- it's drab, sappy, and overlong at 125 minutes.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
The Apartment is the kind of unsuccessful picture that nevertheless demonstrates that everyone involved is capable of better work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's impossible to feel sympathy for any of The Apartment's characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
July 4, 2001
This cynical study of office politics and sexual mores by Billy Wilder, despite winning 5 Oscars in 1960, doesn't date well.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
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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
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
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 1, 2001
There is a melancholy gulf over the holidays between those who have someplace to go, and those who do not. The Apartment is so affecting partly because of that buried reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
With tremendous performances by the two leads (Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine), this is yet another "must see" title to be found on Wilder's resume.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 6, 2005
Humanism and cleverness age like fine wine, even if served with spaghetti strained with a tennis racket.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
December 13, 2002
Among the funniest films ever to win a Best Picture, this was also risque for its time (and perhaps it is today to some).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
Sure it's a bit dated, but that's not the movie's fault. One of Wilder's best films ... and that's saying a whole lot!
| 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 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
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald
August 18, 2006
In the canon of classics by famed writer/director Billy Wilder, this jewel of a comedy easily stands as one of his most beloved.
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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 ...
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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