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Heights (2005)



Critic Consensus: Yet another movie about relationships in the Big Apple, Heights is never dull thanks to a competent cast.

Movie Info

A handful of New Yorkers find their paths crossing in ways that force them to examine their lives in this contemporary drama produced by Ismail Merchant. Isabel (Elizabeth Banks) is a twentysomething photographer who is supposed to marry her boyfriend, Jonathan (James Marsden), in a month. But Isabel has found herself wondering if marriage is the right thing for her. Meanwhile, her mother, Diana (Glenn Close), a well-known film actress, has learned her husband has been seeing another woman, and while they have an open relationship, Diana finds this hurtful. Over the course of the day, Diana meets Alec (Jesse Bradford), a handsome young actor, and Isabel is introduced to Peter (John Light), a journalist, and both women begin to question their current relationships. The first feature for director Chris Terrio, Heights also stars Michael Murphy, Eric Bogosian, Thomas Lennon, and Rufus Wainwright.more
Rating: R (for language, brief sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Amy Fox, Chris Terrio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 2005
Box Office: $1.0M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Thomas Lennon
as Marshall
James Marsden
as Jonathan
George Segal
as Rabbi Mendel
Chandler Williams
as Juilliard Macbeth
Bess Wohl
as Juilliard Lady Macbe...
Daniel Neiden
as Wedding Rabbi
Rachel Siegel
as Autograph Seeker
Winsome Brown
as SNL Writer
Jordi Vilasuso
as Benjamin's Exes
Joel de la Fuente
as Nat De Wolf
Melanie R. Orr
as Scorned Woman
Jane Nichols
as Guest 1
Don Fitzgerald
as Built Guy
Meghan Glennon
as Party Girl
Steven Glenn
as Guest 2
Alice Tan Ridley
as Subway Singer
Caroline Clay
as Subway Woman
Manny Siverio
as Subway Mugger
D'Vorah Bailey
as Police Officer
Jan Ellis
as Hospital Receptionis...
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Critic Reviews for Heights

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (38)

If the plot is thin, at least the characters are interesting, and the performances are consistently strong.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Amy Fox's play, with New York clichés for characters, was never going to hit, ahem, the movie heights. But cut loose in the middle of a comic-book summer, Heights is just different enough, just adult enough, to warrant a climb and a look.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

An intelligent and perceptive film, neither unique nor earth-shattering, but still worthwhile.

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Apollo Guide

This emotional jigsaw puzzle is cannily constructed.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Though car chases and explosions are kept to a bare minimum here, I daresay you won't be bored.

Full Review… | November 2, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Heights is a New York genre film....keeping our interest with adroit story telling and excellent technicals

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Heights

Quite fine drama tale of five smart, touchy New Yorkers try to figure out the meaning of love.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Heights" takes place over a 24 hour period in October in New York City. Isabel(Elizabeth Banks) and Jonathan(James Marsden) are living in Manhattan and are engaged to be married. Isabel is a professional photographer(weddings and the such) and I'm not sure what Jonathan does but involves something about sitting in an office all day. Isabel cannot escape the very long shadow of her very famous mother, Diana(Glenn Close). Diana is a very busy woman - she is not only rehearsing to star in a gender reversed MacBeth but is also directing an unknown off-broadway play. Thrown into this mix is an underemployed actor and an English journalist investigating the life and loves of an infamous photographer.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Heights" is a drama of intersecting characters but this sort of thing only works when you have strong characters to work with. Here you don't. Isabel who is the center of attention is mostly a blank slate. The movie as a whole is totally contrived beyond belief, especially the final revelation.(Yes, Manhattan is a small place but there are too many people to be able to randomly run into each other with any kind of ease.) Glenn Close who became a better actress when she learned the meaning of the word "nuance" a few years ago again gives a very good performance. But most of the other talented actors in this cast - Isabella Rossellini, George Segal, Eric Bogosian and Michael Murphy(where have you been?) are limited to cameo appearances. It is strange for a movie that photographs New York City with such loving care, to be so derisive towards photographers. Oh, and the occasional split-screen is definitely overkill.[/font]
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Yet another pastiche of mostly unhappy and boring New Yorkers and how their lives change over the course of a day. Amy Fox could use a spark of creativity in her screenplay to distinguish hers from the glut of similar films. (I knew an Amy Fox in college, could she be the same? I hope not ) Some good performances from Glenn Close and something of a revelation from Elizabeth Banks, but for what?

Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

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