My Old Lady Reviews

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September 22, 2016
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.
November 21, 2014
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
Smith's great gift is that she doesn't telegraph anything.
November 20, 2014
A soft-centred piece of movie confectionery, not without charm.
November 18, 2014
It's too twee and theatrical to take seriously.
November 13, 2014
My Old Lady leans heavily on the relationship between parents and children, and emphasises the damaging impact of parental absence, distance and disapproval. Yet it also suggests that there are still possibilities for change, however unlikely.
October 3, 2014
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.
October 2, 2014
One minute we're chuckling along with a broadly comic setup; the next, characters are talking about suicide.
September 25, 2014
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.
September 19, 2014
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.
September 18, 2014
What starts as an elaborate sitcom becomes an emotionally substantial tragicomedy.
September 18, 2014
The story's power lies in the clutter and dimness of the apartment and the acrid-but-civilized conversations that arise when the dust is disturbed.
September 18, 2014
Horovitz may have made a questionable decision in adapting this particular play for the screen, but his casting was flawless.
September 18, 2014
If sad, fearful adult lives wrecked by depression, divorce, disappointment, adultery, addiction and family dysfunction are your thing, "My Old Lady" is pour vous.
September 18, 2014
One finds oneself wishing to spend many a dinner with Smith and Kline as conversation partners, as their banter is both humorous and razor-edged.
September 18, 2014
Kline has fun with the role, but the plot's dark turn and heavy-handed message make "My Old Lady" more bitter than sweet.
September 17, 2014
The expected twinkle never really leaves "My Old Lady," but it certainly goes through some rough times along the way. And the film is all the more interesting as a result.
September 11, 2014
"My Old Lady" is affecting, even if many of the revelations and high-voltage speeches occur at predictable moments. But if you can look past this formulaic side, it's a movie worth seeing.
September 11, 2014
This is a promising premise and the cast is certainly game. But it's as if the actors are emoting into a canyon - or, more accurately, a narrow hallway.
September 10, 2014
The setup might seem familiar and charming, but this film's payoffs come from unexpected places and require an audience's willingness to travel down some dark and rocky paths.
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