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My Old Lady (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he's shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager - an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale - and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death. (C) Cohen

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Cast

Kevin Kline
as Mathias Gold
Maggie Smith
as Mathilde Girard
Elie Wajeman
as Man at Gate
Raphaële Moutier
as Woman on Bicycle
Sophie Touitou
as Female Opera Singer
Dominique Pinon
as Auguste Lefebvre
Christian Rauth
as Furniture Dealer
Delphine Lanson
as Femme de Ménage
Noémie Lvovsky
as Dr. Florence Horowitz
Jean-Christophe Allais
as Jean-Christophe
Nathalie Bernas
as Younger Kissing Couple
Ghislain DeHaut DeSigy
as Younger Kissing Couple
Stephane Freiss
as François Roy
Laetitia Boetto
as Chess Player in Café
Arnaud Perron
as Chess Player in Café
Colombe Anouilh D'Harcourt
as Annoyed Woman in Café
Monique Delamotte
as Annoyed Woman in Café
Dominique Cuadra
as Older Kissing Couple
Pascal Marie-Saint Germain
as Older Kissing Couple
Nathalie Newman
as Philippe's Wife
Alexandra Chandler
as Philippe's Daughter
Joséphine Chandler
as Philippe's Daughter
Adrienne Ollé
as Woman with Stroller
Sylvia Bruyant
as Couple with Dog
Thibaut Herbet
as Couple with Dog
Ora Yermia
as Girl with Roses
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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (22)

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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

It's too twee and theatrical to take seriously.

Full Review… | November 18, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

My Old Lady feels as stubbornly stuck in that expansive and underlit apartment as Madame Girard herself, and you may find yourself bolting for a lungful of relief.

Full Review… | October 3, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

One minute we're chuckling along with a broadly comic setup; the next, characters are talking about suicide.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

There's a potentially compelling movie here about the price that children pay-over entire lifetimes-for their parents' selfish indulgences, but it winds up smothered in feel-good cuteness.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Kline's character is an alcoholic and not exactly lovable, but we come to empathize. Smith, the grande dame of British theater and film, is wickedly wry and quick.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for My Old Lady

Painfully slow and rather disappointing considering this drama stars Maggie Smith. The pleasant Paris aesthetic and the plot are interesting but it all falls short in execution.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Premise: man inherits French villa from his late father, the catch: he can't sell it until the old lady tenant dies. Sounds interesting, but it falls apart quickly, which was sad with such quality actors.

Becky Foster
Becky Foster

My Old Lady is an outstanding movie on every level! I watched it when it was first released, and was later surprised it had not been better received. It is definitely an under-rated movie.

Megan Woods
Megan Woods

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