The Apartment
The Apartment (1960)

Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Wilder, a bilious and mercurial wit, here becomes a wide-screen master of time ...

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

With tremendous performances by the two leads (Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine), this is yet another "must see" title to be found on Wilder's resume.

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Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine

...despite all its cynicism, The Apartment still ends on a hopeful note...

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Directed by Wilder with attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it's lifted considerably by the performances.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Most of the time, it's up to director Wilder to sustain a two-hour-plus film on treatment alone, a feat he manages to accomplish more often than not, and sometimes the results are amazing.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

From such potentially edgy material Wilder and co-writer IAL Diamond sculpt an unforgettable romance.

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TIME Magazine

A comedy of men's-room humours and water-cooler politics that now and then among the belly laughs says something serious and sad about the struggle for success, about what it often does to a man, and about the horribly small world of big business.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I wouldn't call this 1960 picture one of Billy Wilder's best comedies -- it's drab, sappy, and overlong at 125 minutes.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Despite some entertaining moments and a terrific performance by its lead, it's not a perfect film and does have some problems.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is curious how this film is labeled by many as a comedy when in fact it is so melancholic and rather heavy in tone. A deeply involving dramatic romance with… More
Chris Weber
Looking solely at the premise, I find it really funny that a film about a lonely office drone who pimps out his apartment to his superiors as a way of getting… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Along with Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner, Billy Wilder's 1960 Oscar-sweeper The Apartment elevates the workplace romance into a sublime… More
Mark Roulston
Billy Wilder's The Apartment was one of a huge list of movies that are considered classics which I haven't seen, and indeed knew very little about… More
Saskia D.
Lovely movie. Without knowing it from each other, C.C. and Fran are both jerked around by selfish and arrogant men. What I liked about it is that it… More
Thomas Bowler
First class performances, brilliant script and bold subject matter, this is perfection. Full review later.