A Long Way Down
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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. (c) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whatever the intent of the filmmakers, a story that hinges on existential despair requires at least a modicum of emotional credulity."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Author Nick Hornby establishes a tone of sentimental black humor, and director Pascal Chaumeil orchestrates the encounter as the formation of rag-tag band where each player gets a stirring solo number."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Village Voice
""A Long Way Down" doesn't bother to explore its characters on any substantial level and comes close to offending in how flippant the whole thing is to the subject of suicide."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"The film struggles with a meandering story and superficial characters who do little to elicit compassion from the audience."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
"The plot of A Long Way Down is as awkward and annoying as they come, but some really good acting by the film's four major stars almost makes this one worth seeing. Almost."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's not much meat here - just a slightly smart setup without any followthrough."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A very long way down indeed."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Overall, the film's flaws are outweighed by its charms. Though it's not as deeply satisfying as About A Boy or High Fidelity, A Long Way Down is undeniably bubbly, heartwarming and funny."
‑ Kristy Puchko, CinemaBlend.com
"Largely stripped of their inner monologues, the same characters merely seem like they're stuck in a crass sitcom."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Tackles the topic of life-ending despair with all the delicacy and grace of a Hallmark greeting card."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"[An] inane, preposterous and stupefying film ..."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It lunges along in predictable fashion through a series of quirky contrivances that might be tasteless if they weren't so trite."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"It's partly a big goof and partly a study of hopelessness, keeping A Long Way Down stuck in neutral when it comes to truly exploring its dramatic potential."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
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