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The High Cost of Living Reviews

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Paul Brunick
New York Times
September 9, 2011
So artistically well-intentioned and earnest in its ambitions that you can almost forgive the banality of its every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 7, 2011
Movies often make too much of that truism, but surprisingly committed performances from actors like these can still make it feel like something meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 6, 2011
Ridiculously implausible yet still predictable.
Brent Simon
May 16, 2011
An engaging movie about commingled grief and regret, well staged and captured by cinematographer Claudine Sauve in a manner that works with the material to effect a depressive, melancholic tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2011
Chow and her actors are so gifted that this fragile situation escapes contrivance to become a poignant, romantic and deftly nuanced revelation of character and emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2011
The High Cost of Living is yet another example of the high cost (for moviegoers) of lowered production barriers for aspiring filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
April 25, 2011
Now this is drama!... just throws the most awful situation at her characters and watches them deal with it.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2011
An already iffy premise is badly served by a film that is tonally jarring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 22, 2011
Off-beat delivery and acting redeem this modestly budgeted "redemption" story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Nayman
April 22, 2011
Chow's direction shows a good eye for locations, but her gritty nighttime aesthetic can't cloak the predictable nature of the material, which only really has one way to go and staggers there down the home stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
April 22, 2011
I'm still not sure how The High Cost Of Living made it onto Canada's Top Ten, let alone how it took the best Canadian first feature award at TIFF last year. It's just not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2010
...a decidedly off-kilter premise that's utilized to pervasively agreeable effect by filmmaker Deborah Chow...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alissa Simon
September 21, 2010
Although there are moments when lead thesps Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais just about pull off the implausible conceit, the pic still suffers from major problems of tone as well as stilted camerawork and editing.

National Post
April 22, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

NOW Toronto
September 13, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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