The Apartment Reviews

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June 19, 2018
All this is quite a load for a comedy, but where else has social comment ever been so effective? Wilder hones his points to a piercing edge...
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.
July 1, 2013
Wilder, a bilious and mercurial wit, here becomes a wide-screen master of time ...
June 14, 2012
Wilder has made some truly great movies, but this one is not the masterpiece we thought it was.
June 8, 2012
Directed by Wilder with attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it's lifted considerably by the performances.
February 18, 2009
A comedy of men's-room humours and water-cooler politics that now and then among the belly laughs says something serious and sad about the struggle for success, about what it often does to a man, and about the horribly small world of big business.
December 22, 2018
A screen gem that attained classic status in about as much time as it takes to comb one's hair.
July 12, 2018
Savoury Shirley' Maclaine and savoury Jack Lemmon save the day, two sad comedians who never spell Pathos with a capital and make a good pair, credible and touching, pleasing rather than glamorous,
March 7, 2018
If it weren't for Lemmon's so affable execution of Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's script, The Apartment could have been oppressively dark and cynical.
January 7, 2018
Arrow's most impressive single-feature release to date bolsters an exceptional A/V transfer with a glut of substantive extras.
August 7, 2014
...despite all its cynicism, The Apartment still ends on a hopeful note...
February 10, 2014
From such potentially edgy material Wilder and co-writer IAL Diamond sculpt an unforgettable romance.
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.
July 29, 2012
{VIDEO ESSAY} Billy Wilder's classic Manhattan-based romantic comedy comes with a sly critique regarding 50's era corporate culture of rampant misogyny and unbridled ambition.
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.
June 15, 2012
Beautifully written and directed by the great Billy Wilder, bittersweet and heartfelt, this is sheer delight.
June 14, 2012
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine shine as two essentially good souls trapped in a tangle of office politics.
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.
June 13, 2012
This really is a film of ever increasing returns.
June 13, 2012
No one does the pitchblack flipside of funny like Wilder, and 1960's The Apartment is the darkest he ever made.
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