Heights Reviews

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 19, 2007
An intelligent and perceptive film, neither unique nor earth-shattering, but still worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
This emotional jigsaw puzzle is cannily constructed.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
November 2, 2005
Though car chases and explosions are kept to a bare minimum here, I daresay you won't be bored.
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Urban Cinefile
September 22, 2005
Heights is a New York genre film....keeping our interest with adroit story telling and excellent technicals
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 29, 2005
...makes some subtle observations about insecurities and preconceptions, and the script unfolds its big twists in a way that's surprising without turning manipulative.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 25, 2005
A noteworthy ending to Merchant's career and a solid beginning for the film careers of Terrio, Fox and Banks.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
August 19, 2005
According to this film, New York is a joyless place where people live only to drop names, attend parties, cheat on loved ones and brood.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 12, 2005
...well-designed but somewhat airless
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 6, 2005
Though good in parts not good as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 5, 2005
What happens to these not-so-interesting people isn't nearly as compelling as writer Amy Fox and first-time feature director Chris Terrio intended.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 28, 2005
If the plot is thin, at least the characters are interesting, and the performances are consistently strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 23, 2005
The ties that bind this drama's often-smug and off-putting characters are contrived, and the plotting rarely goes deeper than soap opera surface. And that's a shame, considering the caliber of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 22, 2005
The dance these filmmakers have created is the sort that makes viewing a joy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 22, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 22, 2005
Feels like a stage work - a self-important and self-consciously lofty one at that - and first-time director Chris Terrio does little to make it come alive.
| Original Score: 2/4
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 21, 2005
The material isn't strong enough and the first-time director isn't experienced enough to make it work.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
July 21, 2005
The story defies the convention of its genre by actually going somewhere.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2005
They work like little jigsaw puzzles, seducing us into the lives of characters via little slivers, then keeping us guessing about how they will collide and change one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 20, 2005
[B]ottled-up angst somehow isn't as attractive when it's not pining away by the canals of Venice in the 19th century but rather over the... skyline of 21st-century New York...
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
July 19, 2005
Unconvincing Heights. Ensemble piece pretentious and slow-handed.
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