My Old Lady

My Old Lady

My Old Lady

Kevin Kline is Mathias, a broke New York drunk who inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father in this comedy-drama. He goes to France to liquidate the asset, but finds a refined old woman (Maggie Smith) living there with her protective daughter (Kristen Scott Thomas). Mathias learns that the apartment is a 'viager' – an ancient French real estate agreement – and that he will not get actual possession of the apartment until the old lady dies.

2014Rating: M, Adult themes107 minsUSA, France
ComedyDrama

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

In transferring his stage play to the screen for his debut movie, Israel Horovitz shoots on location in Paris. Yet rather than exploiting the City of Light, what we get is a predominantly apartment-bound, melodramatic rom-com, which never escapes its stagey roots. Shame, but then, when your lead actors are Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, why worry?

3.0

Slow and a bit boring

Husband fell asleep after the first 30 minutes - his snoring made it difficult to watch comfortably, that same feeling when there is a fly buzzing around and you can't concentrate on what you are doing because the buzz is annoying you. Perhaps that is why the film felt so long. Had been looking forward to seeing some sights of Paris - but the whole thing...

Certainly grows on you

Shooting in Paris always adds something. entertainly presented, though not spell binding.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The film never manages to transcend its actors-workshop aura and develop into something deeper.

Time Out

Time Out

press

It's too twee and theatrical to take seriously.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The performances go a long way toward camouflaging the screenplay's clunky mechanics. Mr. Kline's performance, in particular, infuses a story of father-son strife with emotional heat.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's solidly predictable and somewhat grating, only partially redeemed by a reliably watchable cast.

2.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It only becomes truly compelling in its second half, as Horovitz drives toward darker material and farther away from the light.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Whatever qualms one might have... it should be warmly greeted by grown-up moviegoers seeking adult but not overly weighty material.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Playing away from the strengths of its experience cast, this is muddled and charmless.

2.0
Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

In transferring his stage play to the screen for his debut movie, Israel Horovitz shoots on location in Paris. Yet rather than exploiting the City of Light, what we get is a predominantly apartment-bound, melodramatic rom-com, which never escapes its stagey roots. Shame, but then, when your lead actors are Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, why worry?

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The film never manages to transcend its actors-workshop aura and develop into something deeper.

Time Out

Time Out

press

It's too twee and theatrical to take seriously.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The performances go a long way toward camouflaging the screenplay's clunky mechanics. Mr. Kline's performance, in particular, infuses a story of father-son strife with emotional heat.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's solidly predictable and somewhat grating, only partially redeemed by a reliably watchable cast.

2.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It only becomes truly compelling in its second half, as Horovitz drives toward darker material and farther away from the light.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Whatever qualms one might have... it should be warmly greeted by grown-up moviegoers seeking adult but not overly weighty material.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Playing away from the strengths of its experience cast, this is muddled and charmless.

2.0

Slow and a bit boring

Husband fell asleep after the first 30 minutes - his snoring made it difficult to watch comfortably, that same feeling when there is a fly buzzing around and you can't concentrate on what you are doing because the buzz is annoying you. Perhaps that is why the film felt so long. Had been looking forward to seeing some sights of Paris - but the whole thing...

Certainly grows on you

Shooting in Paris always adds something. entertainly presented, though not spell binding.

3.0