A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tonally jumbled and conceptually ill-advised, A Long Way Down bungles its source material and wastes a talented cast.

Jason Clark
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Tackles the topic of life-ending despair with all the delicacy and grace of a Hallmark greeting card.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Surf frolic! Group hug! Bonding! Brosnan was a low-on-the-totem-pole James Bond, but we'll take that Bond over this bonding. Brosnan meanders insincerely through the material.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Whatever the intent of the filmmakers, a story that hinges on existential despair requires at least a modicum of emotional credulity.

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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I enjoyed it, and I find myself hanging onto it, but mostly because of the interesting combination of its cast members, and the way they communally grapple with hopelessness.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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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.

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Dustin Putman

"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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Not as funny or exceptional as the book but with good actors and its heart in the right place. Still, especially the beginning is awfully rushed, giving those… More
Film Crazy
A richly dark comedy that is simply pleasant yet no real substance to the story.
KJ Proulx
Wasting a talented cast on a terribly coincidental plot that never works for a second is a damn shame. Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen… More
Al S
A fun, charming and heartbreaking combination of comedy and drama. It's inspiring, compelling and utterly original. A wonderfully character developed and… More
Alice Shen
Really quite lovely. I didn't like Nick Hornby's book due to its multiple narrators schtick, but the cinematic treatment only switches once per… More
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