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High Heels and Low Lifes

High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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When two destitute friends, one a nurse and the other a teacher, accidentally intercept a cell phone conversation about a robbery, they decide to frame the burglars and steal the cash for themselves.


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Kim Fuller

Apr 9, 2002

Buena Vista Distribution Compa

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A shrill and ultimately annoying tale.

October 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Like the designer suits Driver wears despite her character's meager earnings, High Heels and Low Lifes isn't about reality; it's playing dress- up.

October 27, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There are, however, no highs in High Heels and Low Lifes. Just lows.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A mostly smart attempt to resurrect Ealing Studios-style hijinks.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz
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A refreshingly engaging British movie that isn't afraid to go all out for laughs and thrills, leaving its social conscience behind.

August 2, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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You can't help feel that the director settled for smirks when he could've had bellylaughs.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Won't leave audiences with too many bad memories--mostly because it evaporates from memory as soon as the closing crawl begins.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

It's the charming wit and screen presence of McCormack that saves this picture from being a total mess.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source:

With the tiny I.Q.s of the characters in this film, it wouldn't have been much harder for the likes of Laverne and Shirley to pull off the same joyless stunt.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Driver and McCormack make appealing heroines, and Kevin McNally and Michael Gambon are gratifyingly menacing villains.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Distinctly low on laughs and, despite a running time of only 86 minutes, far outstays its welcome.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

High Heels' main problem is that Smith can't seem to decide whether the movie is an over-the-top comedy or a sassy action film.

October 27, 2001

Director Mel Smith uses the same silly sense of comedy that he did in Bean.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Reality goes right out the window in this silly shoot-'em-up, which never gets quite silly enough.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Is It Worse Than Beautiful? No, but Minnie Driver needs to be in a decent movie fast.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm

The movie has 'straight-to-video' written all over it.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

seems to be putting forth effort towards comedy ... but I laughed out loud only once.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

This movie is every bit the mess its title makes it sound.

October 25, 2001
New Times

One of those tired comedy capers that turns on a series of incredible coincidences en route to cracking lame jokes.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source:

It's more a ride at an estrogen empowerment amusement park than it is a viable idea for a motion picture.

October 23, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

High Heels and Low Lifes' low-rent aspirations would be far more palatable if not for the film's dedication to painting men as either lowlife thugs or bumbling morons.

October 22, 2001
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for High Heels and Low Lifes

Brisk, snappy comedy adventure has a struggling actress (Mary McCormack) talking her nurse friend (Minnie Driver) into a blackmail scheme after they accidentally overhear a dirty deal go down on a scanner in London. They make a fun team together as they get in over their heads and I particularly enjoyed McCormack's mouthy character who doesn't always think her ideas through. Lots of familiar faces appear as the British thugs too. There are a few unexpectedly intense moments and more than a few loose ends (the mob reaction, the police investigation hunting for a blonde and a brunette), but mostly it's played with a wry smile..
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