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  • Summary: A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. [Cohen Media Group]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Penny Walker
    Sep 18, 2014
    80
    The film begins with upbeat music and what appears to be a comedy-of-errors setup, but it becomes so much more, bringing us through dark territory with wit, anger and grace, becoming in the end a much fuller tale for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 11, 2014
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 7, 2014
    70
    Kline remains a pleasure to watch, surviving the character's deepening self-pity and making his suspiciously unwriterly carelessness with words (he refers to the trophy head of a wild boar as a "cow") almost charming.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 9, 2014
    60
    My Old Lady isn’t the tart slice of dessert that its initial scenes suggest it might be. In fact, it only becomes truly compelling in its second half, as Horovitz drives toward darker material and farther away from the light.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    Horovitz may have made a questionable decision in adapting this particular play for the screen, but his casting was flawless.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Sep 7, 2014
    50
    Its translation from stage to screen looks to have been a bit rocky, and the film never manages to transcend its actors-workshop aura and develop into something deeper.
  7. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Sep 8, 2014
    38
    Israel Horovitz's film is basically a three-character play without a single character you can believe in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    What a wonderful character-driven story as they peel away their outer shells to reveal their pains and sorrows. Great acting, which is noWhat a wonderful character-driven story as they peel away their outer shells to reveal their pains and sorrows. Great acting, which is no surprise being that the primary actors are oscar winners or oscar nominated. Could have been a sad story, but kindness between strangers makes it a triumphant story. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    A wonderful movie for grown-ups. The small gem treats some big issues without ever becoming loud or maudlin. We come to learn that Kline hasA wonderful movie for grown-ups. The small gem treats some big issues without ever becoming loud or maudlin. We come to learn that Kline has inherited more from one parent or the other than the Paris apartment he goes to sell. The more is pretty deep stuff, deftly handled by superb writing and acting. Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2014
    1
    Boo hoo, my daddy/mummy didn't love me and messed up my life!

    SHAARAP! Boring self-indulgent psychobabble-drama. Take all the worst
    Boo hoo, my daddy/mummy didn't love me and messed up my life!

    SHAARAP!

    Boring self-indulgent psychobabble-drama. Take all the worst excesses of Woody Allen and Richard Curtis and you get a Frankenstein monster called Israel Horovitz.
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