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Heights Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
June 16, 2005
a meek little slip of a film, hardly worthy of any of the talent at hand
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 7, 2005
Heights manages to make the lives of all these beautiful people seem quite tedious. Despite their accomplishments, the only thing they seem suited for is hailing cabs.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 16, 2005
... cumbersome drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 17, 2005
Working in Terribly Serious mode, rookie director Chris Terrio proves as pompous as filmmakers three times his age.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
June 3, 2005
At times the film seems to have nothing more on its mind than the predictable rhythms of soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carlo Cavagna
June 13, 2005
While Glen Close dominates the screen with effortless assurance, Elizabeth Banks lacks personality and would probably dissipate in a strong ocean breeze.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Arthur Lazere
June 21, 2005
Weighted down by a plot-heavy and predictable narrative, heavily dependent upon coincidence...sinks into a mire of uninteresting soapiness
Susan Granger
July 11, 2005
It's the kind of sumptuous, yet modest movie that serves as a cinematic curiosity that's perhaps too overly genteel and shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 20, 2005
[B]ottled-up angst somehow isn't as attractive when it's not pining away by the canals of Venice in the 19th century but rather over the... skyline of 21st-century New York...
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
August 19, 2005
According to this film, New York is a joyless place where people live only to drop names, attend parties, cheat on loved ones and brood.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gene Seymour
June 9, 2005
By the time we're sure of how the day is going to end for these jittery achievers, the movie starts dragging its feet to the point where we're ready to leave these New Yorkers with their traumas.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 8, 2005
It's all as pretentious as the arty types it seeks to chastise for not living their lives honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2005
It's duly considered, absolutely serious, self-consciously modern and, unfortunately, fairly dull.
| Original Score: D+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 8, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 21, 2005
The material isn't strong enough and the first-time director isn't experienced enough to make it work.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 10, 2005
...simply cannot shake its stage origins...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 6, 2005
...as stilted, symbolically loaded and dreary as any of Merchant-Ivory's E.M. Forster or Henry James adaptations -- this time without classic prose or great actors for backup.
Lexi Feinberg
June 15, 2005
Marsden delivers his best performance to date, showing that he has more than one facial expression; he has two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 5, 2005
What happens to these not-so-interesting people isn't nearly as compelling as writer Amy Fox and first-time feature director Chris Terrio intended.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 8, 2005
Glenn Close gets top billing, but Elizabeth Banks is the ascendant star in Heights...
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