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  • Summary: Four lost souls – a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso – decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve. When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living. Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 17, 2014
    As British comedy sometimes will, A Long Way Down has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors' commitment keeps the movie on the plus side.
  2. Reviewed by: Serena Donadoni
    Jul 10, 2014
    The group's surprising anchor is Maureen, the single mother of an adult son with cerebral palsy; her fierce love and stifling isolation are contained by careful routine. Collette wears that armor, and cracks it, to devastating effect.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Jul 11, 2014
    With an ace troupe like that, there are affecting moments, to be sure. But the movie criminally wastes Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike in barely there supporting roles, and the picture has exactly two tones: grim and gooey. They do not coexist harmoniously.
  4. Reviewed by: Emma Dibdin
    Mar 17, 2014
    At best, this is a cringey stab at black comedy redeemed by charismatic stars; at worst it’s a glib and manipulative punt on a subject that deserves more care.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 11, 2014
    There are moments of tenderness and honest human emotion buried in the frustrating A Long Way Down but one has to work far too hard and give far too much credit to the over-qualified cast to grab at them.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 6, 2014
    An inept trifle, Pascal Chaumeil's film reduces Nick Hornby's novel of the same name to a series of smug self-help gestures.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 10, 2014
    If there is any humor to be gleaned from this concept, it is nowhere to be found in a movie so shoddily made that there is little continuity between scenes and not a laugh or even a titter.

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  1. Sep 4, 2014
    A Long Way Down is one of Nick Hornby's more-promising pieces of writing in the last ten years. His style is overtly black comedy--even with the darkest of themes such as suicide. This adaptation had much more potential than this. We learned nothing and ultimately felt very little. Expand