Heights (2005)



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

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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.
R (for language, brief sexuality and nudity)
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Glenn Close
as Diana
Thomas Lennon
as Marshall
John Light
as Peter
James Marsden
as Jonathan
Susan Malick
as Rachel
Denis O'Hare
as Andrew
George Segal
as Rabbi Mendel
Chandler Williams
as Juilliard Macbeth
Bess Wohl
as Juilliard Lady Macbeth
Daniel Neiden
as Wedding Rabbi
Rachel Siegel
as Autograph Seeker
Winsome Brown
as SNL Writer
Jim Parsons
as Oliver
Phil Tabor
as Paul
Jordi Vilasuso
as Benjamin's Exes
Joel de la Fuente
as Nat De Wolf
Melanie R. Orr
as Scorned Woman
Angel Desai
as Laura
Jane Nichols
as Guest 1
Don Fitzgerald
as Built Guy
Meghan Glennon
as Party Girl
Michael Goldstrom
as SNL writer
Steven Glenn
as Guest 2
Alice Tan Ridley
as Subway Singer
Caroline Clay
as Subway Woman
Cindy F. Adams
as Herself
Manny Siverio
as Subway Mugger
D'Vorah Bailey
as Police Officer
Jan Ellis
as Hospital Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Heights

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (32)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

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

July 28, 2005
Arizona Republic
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Full Review… | July 23, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Heights

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 Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer

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 Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

Quite fine drama tale of five smart, touchy New Yorkers try to figure out the meaning of love.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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