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A handful of New Yorkers find their paths crossing in ways that force them to examine their lives in this contemporary drama produced by Ismail Merchant. Isabel (Elizabeth Banks) is a twentysomething photographer who is supposed to marry her boyfriend, Jonathan (James Marsden), in a month. But Isabel has found herself wondering if marriage is the right thing for her. Meanwhile, her mother, Diana (Glenn Close), a well-known film actress, has learned her husband has been seeing another woman, and while they have an open relationship, Diana finds this hurtful. Over the course of the day, Diana… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the plot is thin, at least the characters are interesting, and the performances are consistently strong."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Terrio may use such accelerating devices as a handheld camera and split-screen editing, but his movie still feels as inert as the piano chords in Martin Erskine and Ben Butler's score."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This emotional jigsaw puzzle is cannily constructed."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"...makes some subtle observations about insecurities and preconceptions, and the script unfolds its big twists in a way that's surprising without turning manipulative."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"...well-designed but somewhat airless"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Amy Fox's play, with New York clichés for characters, was never going to hit, ahem, the movie heights. But cut loose in the middle of a comic-book summer, Heights is just different enough, just adult enough, to warrant a climb and a look."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Sufficiently enjoyable and intelligent to erase unpleasant memories of Merchant-Ivory's last foray into Manhattan ... it lacks the energy and vibrancy of the best films to come out of the city in the past few years."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"Though car chases and explosions are kept to a bare minimum here, I daresay you won't be bored."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
"A noteworthy ending to Merchant's career and a solid beginning for the film careers of Terrio, Fox and Banks."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Though good in parts not good as a whole."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"None of it rings true, nor do precious affectations such as having one couple communicate with each other via walkie-talkies."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"An intelligent and perceptive film, neither unique nor earth-shattering, but still worthwhile."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Heights is a New York genre film....keeping our interest with adroit story telling and excellent technicals"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"According to this film, New York is a joyless place where people live only to drop names, attend parties, cheat on loved ones and brood."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"What happens to these not-so-interesting people isn't nearly as compelling as writer Amy Fox and first-time feature director Chris Terrio intended."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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