Apartment Zero (1989)



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Set in post-Junta Argentina, Apartment Zero uses the story of a gay romance to ponder whether or not the overthrow of the military government had really changed anything. Preferring to be an "outsider", Argentinian Colin Firth pretends to be British. Firth escapes from reality by holing up in the movie theatre that he owns. His life is turned around by his new roommate Hart Bochner, who seems to be the living embodiment of Firth's film icons James Dean and Montgomery Clift. Firth's apolitical … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Koepp, Martin Donovan
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On DVD: Feb 20, 2007
Anchor Bay Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Apartment Zero

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

[This] film, a dazzling mix of mirth and menace, is that rare find: a thriller that plumbs the violence of the mind.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Rolling Stone
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This overwrought and underdeveloped psychological thriller with heavy-handed political implications adds up to exactly nothing.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Give it zero for conduct, zero for concept and 100 for chutzpah.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's that grab for political significance that does Apartment Zero in -- that turns what might have been a modestly successful psychological thriller into a messily failed art film.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Apartment Zero emerges as a genuinely creepy, disturbing and gripping psychological piece.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

The result is largely unconvincing; the dialogue sounds like translation, and the direction also has an affected air.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Apartment Zero


odd but with excellent performances by two fine actors.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This is a neat little flick that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else but Flixster. A big treat for Colin Firth fans, where he plays his usual affected, stuffy British self until a delightful little turn in the last half hour or so. The plot is original and inventive, though it gets sidetracked way too easily worrying about a bunch of side characters who ultimately end up being unimportant. When the main storyline is actually resolved, you realize that very little has actually happened throughout the movie.

Further, that main storyline can be poorly explained sometimes. I didn't really understand the whole army subplot at all, or even why the killer was acting as he did. I don't know if it was the director's intent or not, but it was confusing.

Apartment Zero does do a lot of things right, though, including a strong tone, awesome settings and some very good performances - not to mention the ridiculous sexual tension. This movie is the biggest tease ever, seriously.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer


In "Apartment Zero," Adrian LeDuc(Colin Firth) runs a moribund repertory cinema club in Buenos Aires but turns down his friend Claudia's(Francesca d'Aloja) offers to rent out his theatre for political meetings, preferring, in his words, to keep the blood off the walls and on the screen. With his mother(Elvia Andreoli) requiring constant medical care, he puts an ad in the newspaper for a roommate. After a few applicants that do not meet his high standards, Jack(Hart Bochner), a hunky American, shows up to rent the room, with Adrian even making him breakfast.

Early on in "Apartment Zero," Adrian admonishes people who watch films on video, saying they prefer to skip through the slow parts. Later on, I was thinking again of that statement, wondering if Adrian could possibly be commenting on the film he is in, as it suffers from a particularly crawling pace, even with its psychosexual themes on full display. Just as the movie finally kicks into gear when it takes a turn towards the baroque in its last act, it also takes an extremely roundabout way to also take full advantage of its intriguing post-junta milieu. A situation Adrian ignores because he has had his head in the sand, apparently due to his love of movies.(He even acts more English than Argentinian.) In any case, Colin Firth is superb, years before he would cause half of England to have a spontaneous orgasm.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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