Is Anybody There?

Is Anybody There?

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Is Anybody There?

Screen legend Sir Michael Caine plays a retired magician who reluctantly enters a family-run old age home in this drama.

Set in a seaside English town circa 1987, the film charts the unlikely friendship that develops between Caine’s proud, acerbic old performer and the death-obsessed young son (played by Son of Rambow's Bill Milner) of the home’s overwhelmed owners. The home is populated with some familiar faces, including Rosemary Harris, Sylvia Syms and longtime Coronation Street resident Thelma Barlow. Writer Peter Harness drew from his own experience growing up in a retirement home.

2009Rating: M, contains low level offensive language95 minsUK
AdaptationDrama
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Reviews & comments

Not worth seeing

Slow, gloomy, depressing, and disappointing. I feel the trailer misled me. If you are contemplating moving to an "old folk's home" this will put you off!

1.0
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Total Film

Total Film

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The sum of its gently amusing parts doesn’t add up to a film likely to stay long in the heart – or multiplex.

2.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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I can't really recommend the film, unless you admire Caine as much as I do, which is certainly possible.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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One performance doesn't make a movie.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It is also hard not to see remnants of a younger Michael Caine -- beautifully seductive and enigmatic all those years ago in "Alfie." He has said his wife cried when she saw the performance; you understand why.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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While Caine and young Milner make for amusing adversaries, it's nice to see Crowley paying respect to his elders by populating the retirement home with a number of familiar faces, including those belonging to Rosemary Harris, Sylvia Syms and longtime "Coronation Street" resident Thelma Barlow.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Caine leads an impeccable cast in a story that is as touching as it is funny, turning the mundane minutiae of fading lives into a vibrant display.

4.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The sum of its gently amusing parts doesn’t add up to a film likely to stay long in the heart – or multiplex.

2.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I can't really recommend the film, unless you admire Caine as much as I do, which is certainly possible.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

One performance doesn't make a movie.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It is also hard not to see remnants of a younger Michael Caine -- beautifully seductive and enigmatic all those years ago in "Alfie." He has said his wife cried when she saw the performance; you understand why.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While Caine and young Milner make for amusing adversaries, it's nice to see Crowley paying respect to his elders by populating the retirement home with a number of familiar faces, including those belonging to Rosemary Harris, Sylvia Syms and longtime "Coronation Street" resident Thelma Barlow.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Caine leads an impeccable cast in a story that is as touching as it is funny, turning the mundane minutiae of fading lives into a vibrant display.

4.0
0

Not worth seeing

Slow, gloomy, depressing, and disappointing. I feel the trailer misled me. If you are contemplating moving to an "old folk's home" this will put you off!

1.0
0