The Apartment Reviews

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.
October 18, 2008
Not to be missed on any account.
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.
April 11, 2008
January 31, 2008
August 15, 2007
Most of the time, it's up to director Wilder to sustain a two-hour-plus film on treatment alone, a feat he manages to accomplish more often than not, and sometimes the results are amazing.
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.
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 7, 2005
December 25, 2002
Elevates the workplace romance into a sublime erotics of officious addresses (the omnipresent Mister and Miss) and economic conundrum.
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.
June 13, 2001
Wilder and IAL Diamond's brilliantly witty screenplay has a serious undertow as it savages corporate ethics and conjugal infidelity.
January 1, 2000
A gleeful, tender and even sentimental film.