The Boy Downstairs (2018)


Critic Consensus: The Boy Downstairs finds a few fresh moments in its familiar setup and benefits from Zosia Mamet's charismatic performance, both of which are enough to keep viewers interested.


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Diana (Zosia Mamet) moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment for a fresh start. Yet on the first night in her new home, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend Ben (Matthew Shear) lives in the apartment below hers. After an awkward reunion, Diana proclaims her intentions for a genuine friendship. But as old wounds are opened, both Diana and Ben are forced to confront the true nature of their feelings.

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (7)

The Boy Downstairs is a reminder that, against all the odds, just talking can be intensely cinematic. But sometimes the jokes are thrown away, rather than throwaway.

Jun 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[A] droll, knowing and tender romance - a story that brings a delicate touch to one of the thorniest of life's questions: How do you predict regret?

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

An appealing cast of players, crisp urban cinematography and a relatable streak of millennial malaise is unique enough to be engaging.

Feb 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Leaves its actors looking somewhat stranded, as if waiting for Neil Simon zingers that were never written.

Feb 15, 2018 | Full Review…

What's missing in Brooks's gentle approach is the rom-com fizz and pop, with comic zingers that wound and enlighten.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Mamet has a quick, spry reaction time and a gently forlorn focus that holds the screen, and she holds this movie together.

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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