• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Chris Terrio
    In Theaters:
    Jan 24, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 1, 2005
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Heights Reviews


Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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If the plot is thin, at least the characters are interesting, and the performances are consistently strong.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

July 28, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 23, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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None of it rings true, nor do precious affectations such as having one couple communicate with each other via walkie-talkies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 8, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Terrio may use such accelerating devices as a handheld camera and split-screen editing, but his movie still feels as inert as the piano chords in Martin Erskine and Ben Butler's score.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2005
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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Sufficiently enjoyable and intelligent to erase unpleasant memories of Merchant-Ivory's last foray into Manhattan ... it lacks the energy and vibrancy of the best films to come out of the city in the past few years.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's duly considered, absolutely serious, self-consciously modern and, unfortunately, fairly dull.

| Original Score: D+

July 8, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It's all as pretentious as the arty types it seeks to chastise for not living their lives honestly.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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'We don't know how to be people of passion,' [Glenn Close] exclaims to a collection of rapt acting students, early in the film. She might as well be admonishing the movie's cast.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 7, 2005
Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A refreshing, adult-themed departure from the summer's cartoons and alien frights.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

July 7, 2005
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Heights manages to make the lives of all these beautiful people seem quite tedious. Despite their accomplishments, the only thing they seem suited for is hailing cabs.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I must confess that there were long stretches in Heights when I felt that the proceedings were a tad too 'theatrical' for my taste.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 7, 2005

Houston Chronicle
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July 5, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Heights is far from a perfect movie, but as a hint of Terrio's talent, it's an eminently watchable effort.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Heights is definitely worth a visit, even if it stops short of the loftiest peaks.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

July 1, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's just a snapshot of the daily struggle known as life.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

June 30, 2005
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Perhaps not since Fatal Attraction has Glenn Close been so overwhelming, so gloriously intimidating.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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All very inside a particular stratum of New York, and that can be annoying for the majority of us on the outside. But this very insularity is responsible for the perversely fascinating ways the characters' lives intersect.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A week after seeing this multi-character Manhattan roundelay, you may barely remember its small, not particularly original ironies. Yet it's wholly alive while it's up there on the screen, in a way few movies are anymore.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 24, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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These are not people me and you and everyone we know know -- these are 'short version' people, characters who comfort each other by quoting Shakespeare.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is entertaining to see the lives of complex people become brutally simple all of a sudden. They build elaborate facades of belief and image, they think they know who they are and what people think of them, and suddenly they're back at the beginning.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The performances are all excellent, with Banks the real find here.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 20, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Heights is just as contrived as the entertainment it mocks.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Working in Terribly Serious mode, rookie director Chris Terrio proves as pompous as filmmakers three times his age.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

June 17, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The performances are first-rate.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Based on a play by Amy Fox, Heights is beautifully shot on location in New York and consistently well-acted, but it sticks a little too closely to the surface to be very compelling.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 16, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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... cumbersome drama.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

June 16, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The film is never dull, the writing and direction are impeccable, the ensemble performances are uniformly seamless, and Heights is brave, eloquent and riveting.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 16, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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...don't feel forced or schematic.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 16, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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Cracking faults in these relationships occasion overwrought suspense: slow ascents of dark stairs, heavy silences, and surplus brow furrowing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 14, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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By the time we're sure of how the day is going to end for these jittery achievers, the movie starts dragging its feet to the point where we're ready to leave these New Yorkers with their traumas.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2005
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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The movie I wanted Closer to be.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 17, 2005
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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An entertaining ensembler marbled with wit and heartache.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 17, 2005
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Pithy and highly amusing.

February 10, 2005
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