5 Flights Up

5 Flights Up

5 Flights Up

Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton lead this breezy tale as an elderly married couple who plan to sell their New York apartment – the one they’ve lived in for over 40 years. But when personal conflicts mix with tricky real-estate matters, the pair become divided about what they really want.

2014Rating: M, Offensive language92 minsUSA
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Struggling artist Alex (Morgan Freeman) and retired teacher, Ruth (Diane Keaton) have been living in the same New York apartment, happily married, for over forty years. But now, their old bones too frail to cope with five flights of stairs, they’re selling up. Cue a disproportionately large amount of screen time given over to real estate offers and counter-offers. That’s pretty much it plot-wise. Except for Dorothy, their cute old dog, whose ailing health leads to an expensive veterinary visit. Oh, and a satirical background breaking news story, involving the media getting, in Alex’s words, “worked up over nothing”, and driving down Brooklyn property prices with their terrorist scaremongering.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

What a pleasure to see a simple, finely tuned dramedy about real adults with real emotions in a real-life situation.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

What begins as a sweetly sentimental story ends up being cloyingly melodramatic.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Charmingly played by its well-cast, ever watchable leads.

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Variety

Variety

Keaton and Freeman make for a pleasant couple in Richard Loncraine's conflict-free virgin-cocktail of a movie.

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Time Out

Time Out

If you're looking for a film completely free of loud explosions, raised voices or anything actually happening, you can't go wrong with this fusty New York fairytale.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The lead performances are so perfectly in sync that Alex and Ruth really feel like an old married couple who know each other's foibles and cherish every tic.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

The movie stays afloat with its sneaky perceptiveness, dealing in how real estate's grand mysteries alter the lives of those trying to navigate it.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

What a pleasure to see a simple, finely tuned dramedy about real adults with real emotions in a real-life situation.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Good casting gives this amiable work curb appeal, but the script is a bit of fixer-upper.

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