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Boy Downstairs, The (12)

Romance, Drama

A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend's apartment building. Read more …

The critical consensus

Zosia Mamet stars in a likeable but inconsequential romantic drama from writer-director Sophie Brooks.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 04/06/2018

The Boy Downstairs is all the better for its avoidance of any hint of tear-jerking melodrama.

Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 06/06/2018

The story of a young woman who discovers her ex is living in the same apartment block proves just how cinematic conversation can be.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/06/2018

The central situation is way too contrived to engage with fully.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 07/06/2018

What follows is fairly inconsequential, but not unpleasant.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/06/2018

Sophie Brooks’s debut film makes up for some flimsy characterisation by wearing its heart on its sleeve.

****(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 10/06/2018

Zosia Mamet is the major selling point here. In a film that’s lovely but unlikely to prove memorable, she shows she can carry a film with immense charm.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 12/06/2018

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