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The movie criminally wastes Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike in barely there supporting roles, and the picture has exactly two tones: grim and gooey. They do not coexist harmoniously.
New York Post:
"A Long Way Down" may prove uniquely inspirational: It's bound to make audience members want to kill themselves.
New York Observer:
Does everything but bring in Bozo the Clown to make suicide no more serious than what to wear to the junior prom.
Four characters meet while planning to commit suicide and decide to annoy one another instead in this tacky Nick Hornby adaptation.
It presents four people who no longer care to exist, then fails to make a strong case for why their continued existence is necessary or desirable.
Tackles the topic of life-ending despair with all the delicacy and grace of a Hallmark greeting card.
Whatever the intent of the filmmakers, a story that hinges on existential despair requires at least a modicum of emotional credulity.
San Francisco Chronicle:
As British comedy sometimes will, "A Long Way Down" has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors' commitment keeps the movie on the plus side.
It's hard to care about these characters. And the film lacks that slip-into-a-Slanket cosy feel you want from Hornby.
Everything that transpires onscreen feels wholly inauthentic and calculated for maximum treacle.
Author Nick Hornby establishes a tone of sentimental black humor, and director Pascal Chaumeil orchestrates the encounter as the formation of rag-tag band where each player gets a stirring solo number.