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Heights Reviews

July 28, 2005
If the plot is thin, at least the characters are interesting, and the performances are consistently strong.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 8, 2005
None of it rings true, nor do precious affectations such as having one couple communicate with each other via walkie-talkies.
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
July 8, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2005
It's duly considered, absolutely serious, self-consciously modern and, unfortunately, fairly dull.
Read More | Original Score: D+
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
July 7, 2005
'We don't know how to be people of passion,' [Glenn Close] exclaims to a collection of rapt acting students, early in the film. She might as well be admonishing the movie's cast.
July 7, 2005
A refreshing, adult-themed departure from the summer's cartoons and alien frights.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2005
I must confess that there were long stretches in Heights when I felt that the proceedings were a tad too 'theatrical' for my taste.
July 1, 2005
Heights is far from a perfect movie, but as a hint of Terrio's talent, it's an eminently watchable effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2005
Heights is definitely worth a visit, even if it stops short of the loftiest peaks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 30, 2005
It's just a snapshot of the daily struggle known as life.
June 24, 2005
Perhaps not since Fatal Attraction has Glenn Close been so overwhelming, so gloriously intimidating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
All very inside a particular stratum of New York, and that can be annoying for the majority of us on the outside. But this very insularity is responsible for the perversely fascinating ways the characters' lives intersect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
A week after seeing this multi-character Manhattan roundelay, you may barely remember its small, not particularly original ironies. Yet it's wholly alive while it's up there on the screen, in a way few movies are anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2005
These are not people me and you and everyone we know know -- these are 'short version' people, characters who comfort each other by quoting Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2005
It is entertaining to see the lives of complex people become brutally simple all of a sudden. They build elaborate facades of belief and image, they think they know who they are and what people think of them, and suddenly they're back at the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2005
The performances are all excellent, with Banks the real find here.
June 17, 2005
Heights is just as contrived as the entertainment it mocks.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 17, 2005
Working in Terribly Serious mode, rookie director Chris Terrio proves as pompous as filmmakers three times his age.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 17, 2005
The performances are first-rate.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2005
Based on a play by Amy Fox, Heights is beautifully shot on location in New York and consistently well-acted, but it sticks a little too closely to the surface to be very compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 16, 2005
... cumbersome drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 16, 2005
The film is never dull, the writing and direction are impeccable, the ensemble performances are uniformly seamless, and Heights is brave, eloquent and riveting.
June 16, 2005
...don't feel forced or schematic.
June 14, 2005
Cracking faults in these relationships occasion overwrought suspense: slow ascents of dark stairs, heavy silences, and surplus brow furrowing.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 17, 2005
The movie I wanted Closer to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 17, 2005
An entertaining ensembler marbled with wit and heartache.
February 10, 2005
Pithy and highly amusing.