Critics Consensus

Yet another movie about relationships in the Big Apple, Heights is never dull thanks to a competent cast.



Total Count: 105


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A handful of New Yorkers find their paths crossing in ways that force them to examine their lives in this contemporary drama produced by Ismail Merchant. Isabel (Elizabeth Banks) is a twentysomething photographer who is supposed to marry her boyfriend, Jonathan (James Marsden), in a month. But Isabel has found herself wondering if marriage is the right thing for her. Meanwhile, her mother, Diana (Glenn Close), a well-known film actress, has learned her husband has been seeing another woman, and while they have an open relationship, Diana finds this hurtful. Over the course of the day, Diana meets Alec (Jesse Bradford), a handsome young actor, and Isabel is introduced to Peter (John Light), a journalist, and both women begin to question their current relationships. The first feature for director Chris Terrio, Heights also stars Michael Murphy, Eric Bogosian, Thomas Lennon, and Rufus Wainwright.

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Critic Reviews for Heights

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (32)

  • If the plot is thin, at least the characters are interesting, and the performances are consistently strong.

    Jul 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Amy Fox's play, with New York clichés for characters, was never going to hit, ahem, the movie heights. But cut loose in the middle of a comic-book summer, Heights is just different enough, just adult enough, to warrant a climb and a look.

    Jul 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • None of it rings true, nor do precious affectations such as having one couple communicate with each other via walkie-talkies.

    Jul 8, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Terrio may use such accelerating devices as a handheld camera and split-screen editing, but his movie still feels as inert as the piano chords in Martin Erskine and Ben Butler's score.

    Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Sufficiently enjoyable and intelligent to erase unpleasant memories of Merchant-Ivory's last foray into Manhattan ... it lacks the energy and vibrancy of the best films to come out of the city in the past few years.

    Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It's duly considered, absolutely serious, self-consciously modern and, unfortunately, fairly dull.

    Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: D+

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Heights

  • Oct 02, 2015
    Heights is an urban drama with intersecting lives and stories. It is a relatively light film where one observes the interactions between the characters, has insights, and is not so much engaged with them; it is more pensive than emotional. The acting and filmmaking are good and I recommend it for those who are in the mood for this kind of film.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Yet another pastiche of mostly unhappy and boring New Yorkers and how their lives change over the course of a day. Amy Fox could use a spark of creativity in her screenplay to distinguish hers from the glut of similar films. (I knew an Amy Fox in college, could she be the same? I hope not ) Some good performances from Glenn Close and something of a revelation from Elizabeth Banks, but for what?
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2008
    James Marsden is exceptionally good and Glenn Close is better than I've ever seen her. This film is beautifully written and shot.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2008
    As a sharp dissection of contemporary relationships and sexual mores, Heights is a beautifully subtle film, one marbled with both wit and heartache.
    Robert F Super Reviewer

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