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
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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 ...
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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
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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.
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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
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 15, 2007
Most of the time, it's up to director Wilder to sustain a two-hour-plus film on treatment alone, a feat he manages to accomplish more often than not, and sometimes the results are amazing.
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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.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
Elevates the workplace romance into a sublime erotics of officious addresses (the omnipresent Mister and Miss) and economic conundrum.
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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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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A gleeful, tender and even sentimental film.