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The Apartment Reviews

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December 13, 2006
I wouldn't call this 1960 picture one of Billy Wilder's best comedies -- it's drab, sappy, and overlong at 125 minutes.
January 10, 2003
The Apartment is the kind of unsuccessful picture that nevertheless demonstrates that everyone involved is capable of better work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
It's impossible to feel sympathy for any of The Apartment's characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
July 4, 2001
This cynical study of office politics and sexual mores by Billy Wilder, despite winning 5 Oscars in 1960, doesn't date well.
Read More | Original Score: 68/100
February 23, 2015
Production and direction wise, Wilder sustains his usual excellence. But his story is controversial and I am not one of those who can quite see The Apartment as the great comedy-drama he evidently intended it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2014
...despite all its cynicism, The Apartment still ends on a hopeful note...
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 14, 2012
Wilder has made some truly great movies, but this one is not the masterpiece we thought it was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2012
Even over a half-century on, The Apartment remains a biting classic due to its modern romantic sensibilities and Lemmon's commanding, thoroughly charming central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2012
When assessing his own work Billy Wilder described The Apartment as being the film with the fewest mistakes. And he is right: it is as near to perfect as is possible.
August 1, 2001
There is a melancholy gulf over the holidays between those who have someplace to go, and those who do not. The Apartment is so affecting partly because of that buried reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 10, 2008
With tremendous performances by the two leads (Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine), this is yet another "must see" title to be found on Wilder's resume.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2013
Despite some entertaining moments and a terrific performance by its lead, it's not a perfect film and does have some problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
Humanism and cleverness age like fine wine, even if served with spaghetti strained with a tennis racket.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 13, 2002
Among the funniest films ever to win a Best Picture, this was also risque for its time (and perhaps it is today to some).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 27, 2002
Sure it's a bit dated, but that's not the movie's fault. One of Wilder's best films ... and that's saying a whole lot!
| Original Score: 5/5
June 14, 2012
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine shine as two essentially good souls trapped in a tangle of office politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 6, 2010
A perfect mix of comedy, drama, and romance, The Apartment showcases writer/director Billy Wilder at the peak of his creative talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 18, 2006
In the canon of classics by famed writer/director Billy Wilder, this jewel of a comedy easily stands as one of his most beloved.
July 1, 2013
Wilder, a bilious and mercurial wit, here becomes a wide-screen master of time ...
October 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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