The High Cost of Living
The High Cost of Living (2011)

THE HIGH COST OF LIVING is the story of a young pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her baby in a hit and run accident. It starts with an accident. Henry (Zach Braff) makes a wrong turn and crashes into Nathalie (Isabelle… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 13, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Brunick
New York Times

So artistically well-intentioned and earnest in its ambitions that you can almost forgive the banality of its every scene.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Chow and her actors are so gifted that this fragile situation escapes contrivance to become a poignant, romantic and deftly nuanced revelation of character and emotions.

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Brent Simon

An engaging movie about commingled grief and regret, well staged and captured by cinematographer Claudine Sauve in a manner that works with the material to effect a depressive, melancholic tone.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

Movies often make too much of that truism, but surprisingly committed performances from actors like these can still make it feel like something meaningful.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

An already iffy premise is badly served by a film that is tonally jarring.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The High Cost of Living is yet another example of the high cost (for moviegoers) of lowered production barriers for aspiring filmmakers.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Ridiculously implausible yet still predictable.

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Alissa Simon

Although there are moments when lead thesps Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais just about pull off the implausible conceit, the pic still suffers from major problems of tone as well as stilted camerawork and editing.

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Fred Topel
Screen Junkies

Now this is drama!... just throws the most awful situation at her characters and watches them deal with it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A film that more the likely you will not see in the theater unless you go to a film festival. This is one outstanding movie. Henry is a drug dealer in Canada,… More
Everett Johnson
"High Cost of Living" is a tale not many people will enjoy. It's a story about Henry(Zach Braff) who goes out one night and not paying attention… More
Cynthia S.
Good movie about humanity, suffering, and the need for redemption. This movie points out that life isn't all black and white, there is an area of gray that… More
Christopher Haskell
Though the baseline of the plot has been done before, the raw nature of the film as well as the performances from Zach Braff and Isabella Blais make the film… More
Jim Hunter
A drug dealer hits a pregnant woman and later befriends her. As much as I like Zach Braff, I found it difficult to believe his performance as a drug dealer.… More