The Boy Downstairs

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The Boy Downstairs finds a few fresh moments in its familiar setup and benefits from Zosia Mamet's charismatic performance, both of which are enough to keep viewers interested.

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Diana (Zosia Mamet) moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment for a fresh start. Yet on the first night in her new home, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend Ben (Matthew Shear) lives in the apartment below hers. After an awkward reunion, Diana proclaims her intentions for a genuine friendship. But as old wounds are opened, both Diana and Ben are forced to confront the true nature of their feelings.

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (17)

  • It's a sweetly observed drama, often wryly amusing, that captures an unremarkable modern couple in the midst of painfully authentic romantic negotiations.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Maybe seek out a Noah Baumbach film instead.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Boy Downstairs is a reminder that, against all the odds, just talking can be intensely cinematic. But sometimes the jokes are thrown away, rather than throwaway.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sophie Brooks' debut feature is a small-scale, well-observed romantic comedy, just about barbed and witty enough to avoid becoming too treacly.

    Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are odd puddles of charm...assuming you like nebbish youngsters who make googoo eyes, mishandle trysts and stammer dialogue somewhere on the Woody Allen/Noah Baumbach spectrum.

    Jun 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] droll, knowing and tender romance - a story that brings a delicate touch to one of the thorniest of life's questions: How do you predict regret?

    Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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