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.

Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

Production and direction wise, Wilder sustains his usual excellence. But his story is controversial and I am not one of those who can quite see The Apartment as the great comedy-drama he evidently intended it to be.

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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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Tomris Laffly
Movie Mezzanine

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

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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

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James Berardinelli

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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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

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

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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

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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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 a curious thing that this film is labeled by many as a comedy when in fact it is so melancholy and rather heavy in tone. A deeply involving dramatic… 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.