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A Long Way Down

Drama . Comedy

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.

Actors: Priyanga Burford , Josef Altin , Joe Cole , Tuppence Middleton , Toni Collette , Sam Neill , Imogen Poots , Aaron Paul , Rosamund Pike , Pierce Brosnan
Directors: Pascal Chaumeil
Country: UK , GERMANY
Release: 2014-06-05
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  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    "Way Down” veers towards cute and settles on “twee” far more often than it should.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Serena Donadoni

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Andrew Pulver

    A genial, lightweight farce, which largely approximates Hornby's distinctively bittersweet tone.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Jason Clark

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    This film adaptation, however, never succeeds in settling on a tone at all, veering ineptly from flippant goofiness to maudlin sentiment and back again.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    There's nothing surprising or fresh about these people, their problems or their pairing, each character fitting snugly into his or her familiar archetype.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The results are awkward and atonal.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The film wavers between the drippy and the glib from start to finish, sometimes within the course of a single scene.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    The novel A Long Way Down is not-quite-vintage Nick Hornby. And this is a disappointing film version, a bit hokey and fake.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Emma Dibdin

    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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Trivialising despair, it’s a depressing waste of a major cast, and an early bid for mess of the year.

    Empire Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    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. Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Among group-suicide movies, A Long Way Down may prove uniquely inspirational: It’s bound to make audience members want to kill themselves. It might be the only summer movie during which the snack bars will be selling cyanide Kool-Aid.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    An inept trifle, Pascal Chaumeil's film reduces Nick Hornby's novel of the same name to a series of smug self-help gestures.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The movie doesn’t know if it wants to be a comedy, a morality play or a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for. I wish for fewer disasters in my future like A Long Way Down.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    The film is awful, but it is not unwatchable.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Jack Thorne's screenplay has all the emotional nuance of a Sudoku puzzle; directed by French romcom veteran Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker), it's bouncy and vacuous enough to feel like a light comedy from the planet Neptune.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    It’s worse than tacky, trivializing depression for a handful of easy laughs and pop-psychology platitudes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    The film forms a near-perfect storm of misjudged decisions, with its implausible plot, irritating or outright-dislikeable characters, and strained attempts at “wacky” British humor that fall so flat they’re below sea level.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
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