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Although My Old Lady doesn't quite live up to its stars' talents, Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith carry the film capably whenever they're together onscreen. Read critic reviews

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A New Yorker (Kevin Kline) discovers that the vast Paris apartment he inherited from his estranged father is already occupied by a refined retiree (Maggie Smith) and her protective daughter (Kristin Scott-Thomas).

Cast & Crew

Maggie Smith
Mathilde Girard
Kevin Kline
Mathias Gold
Dominique Pinon
Monsieur Lefebvre
Noémie Lvovsky
Dr. Florence Horowitz
Stéphane de Groodt
Philippe
Michael Burstin
Rabbi on Bicycle
Israel Horovitz
Screenwriter
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Joe Oppenheimer
Executive Producer
Charles C. Cohen
Executive Producer
Daniel Battsek
Executive Producer
Mike Goodridge
Executive Producer
Israel Horovitz
Executive Producer
Raphaël Benoliel
Executive Producer
Russ Krasnoff
Executive Producer
Michel Amathieu
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Stephanie Ahn
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Mark Orton
Original Music
Jacqueline Bouchard
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Critic Reviews for My Old Lady

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (35)

  • I'd praise Horovitz for going the darker route if My Old Lady wasn't so wrenchingly obvious and Kevin Kline's character wasn't so venal and cruel.

    September 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's solidly predictable and somewhat grating, only partially redeemed by a reliably watchable cast.

    November 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As we learn more about the tormented family backgrounds, broken love affairs and suicide attempts of the protagonists, the film begins to sag under the weight of its characters' mounting self-pity.

    November 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Having Maggie Smith on screen is like biting into a crisp, slightly sour apple. Even when she is playing a woman in her nineties, quilted with wrinkles, the interior is deliciously tart.

    November 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Smith's great gift is that she doesn't telegraph anything.

    November 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A soft-centred piece of movie confectionery, not without charm.

    November 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I'd praise Horovitz for going the darker route if My Old Lady wasn't so wrenchingly obvious and Kevin Kline's character wasn't so venal and cruel.

    September 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's solidly predictable and somewhat grating, only partially redeemed by a reliably watchable cast.

    November 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As we learn more about the tormented family backgrounds, broken love affairs and suicide attempts of the protagonists, the film begins to sag under the weight of its characters' mounting self-pity.

    November 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Having Maggie Smith on screen is like biting into a crisp, slightly sour apple. Even when she is playing a woman in her nineties, quilted with wrinkles, the interior is deliciously tart.

    November 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What begins as a fish out of water story about real estate and desperation slowly becomes a character study.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maggie Smith serves up one of her finer performances as of late.

    September 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Old Lady

  • Jul 23, 2017
    Despite the exceptional talents drawn together in this movie, it gets to a point quite early on that knowing the ending really is unimportant. Kline is a deeply unlikable character and his self pitying persona sucks out all joy that this movie has potential to deliver.
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  • Jan 24, 2015
    Very likable British-French-American comedy-drama written and directed by Israel Horovitz in his feature directorial début. He had previously directed 3 Weeks After Paradise, a 51-minute testimonial from 2002 about his family's experiences following the September 11, 2001, and events surrounding the New York's World Trade Center. I am not sure what to say about that one, and what category belongs to - maybe a corporate "documentary" order!? Back to this one in which we have some of the best cast I could imagine starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Dominique Pinon. I really think that the acting alone deserves this movie to receive positive review. Mathias is a washed out New Yorker, who after three divorces is penniless. After his estranged father's death he inherited an apartment in Paris and he wants to sell it quickly and start a new life back in US. Arriving in Paris, he discovers a refined old woman, Mathilde, living in the apartment with her daughter, Chloé. Our hero quickly learns that the apartment is a "viager" - an old French system for buying and selling apartments - and that he will not actually get possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies. Disappointment quickly grows when he finds out that he, in addition to that, has to pay the old lady a life annuity of 2400 a month. He contemplates his next step, stuck in Paris, paying rent to the old lady with his father's gold watch... Insignificant director with tolerable script in enchanting environment and excellent acting - this pretty much summarize the whole movie.
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