Jeff Who Lives at Home Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 16, 2012
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is [the Duplass brothers'] best yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 16, 2012
The funny, touching and vital Jeff, Who Lives at Home reaffirms your faith in Jay and Mark Duplass. Their films hit you where you live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 16, 2012
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is a high-wire act that could crash if the actors were out of sync, but under this big top, the never-better Segel keeps everyone aloft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
It's boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 16, 2012
The lives of these sweet, confused, basically decent people wrap around one another in ways that are funny, far-fetched and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 16, 2012
Generates quite a few laughs on the way to a surprisingly satisfying climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 16, 2012
It's the modest, mumblecore version of the seemingly perennial story of man-children in the promised land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 15, 2012
It's a brilliant sleight of hand: Nothing important seems to be happening, and yet stuff keeps happening, and the movie is always pushing forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 15, 2012
Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 15, 2012
You come to like Jeff and even to admire him. The aura of holy foolishness that hangs around him is not just bong exhaust: he turns out to be the hero of a disarmingly sincere spiritual fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 15, 2012
Most of the material avoids the treacle zone, while Jason Segel, as the man-child in residence, gives a performance that I can only describe as gravely affecting.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 15, 2012
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" has a meandering quality, like its title, that's oddly appealing; you feel like you know these very regular-looking people, and slowly become invested in their dilemmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2012
Segel ... seems to be staking his claim on just about any sweet, clueless character that comes along. He should be more discriminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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March 15, 2012
Both Jeff and the film have a way of sneaking up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 15, 2012
It feels incomplete and the ending is entirely too convenient. We've seen all of this before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 15, 2012
This is one of those smart, funny, rueful movies like "Cedar Rapids" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" where you sense that everyone involved truly cares about the characters. It's impossible not to join in the good feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 15, 2012
A sitcom would set these events in motion and 22 minutes later have them solved. This is a sitcom at four times the length, 10 percent the amusement, and triple the amount of nauseating photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 15, 2012
The plausibility of the finale is open to question, but the filmmaking duo's determination to take us there makes a nice kind of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
For both Segel and the Duplass brothers, Jeff marks a turning point. The actor comes into his own with a layered, pleasing performance, and the filmmakers behind The Puffy Chair, Baghead and Cyrus move towards more commercial films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 15, 2012
A surprisingly sappy misfire from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass - a hug-it-out, touchy-feely movie that succumbs to the maudlin sentimentality they had avoided in all their previous pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 15, 2012
This latest comedy from writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass turns out to be chock-full of an element missing from most of today's movies: genuine surprise.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 15, 2012
This isn't a movie for everyone, but for fans of quirky charm leavened occasionally by uncomfortable, realistic exchanges, it's a small delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 15, 2012
The whole movie is about piecing together broken parts. It may not always come together, but what it makes, if you look at it the right way, is endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 15, 2012
There are some funny scenes in which the two brothers spy on the wife, who may be having an affair, but the movie's climax is a badly contrived attempt to ratify Jeff's notion of personal destiny.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 15, 2012
A goofy, sweet comedy about estranged siblings who work their way back to brotherly love in the course of a daylong, very shaggy caper of coincidences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 15, 2012
Segel's shaggy charisma and daft sweetness breathe new life into a sturdy mumblecore archetype, and a perfectly typecast Helms radiates a grubby desperation that's poignant and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 15, 2012
A whimsical comedy, very whimsical, depending on the warmth of Segal and Sarandon, the discontent of Helms and Greer...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 14, 2012
All of these comic actors find different sorts of laughs -- sadder, truer ones -- by toning down some of their usual tendencies. They're no less effective this way, but the shift does provide an unexpected tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 13, 2012
Oh, goody, another movie about Lumberus manchildus.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
Jeff is a surprisingly mutable, ultimately poignant day-in-the-life drama about a slacker who genuinely wants to stand tall.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 15, 2011
The Duplass brothers take another step toward conventional Hollywood storytelling without sacrificing the sincere, true-to-life quality that got studios interested in the first place.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2011
Segel's performance is the heart of the film, his naive faith making other characters' bolder gestures believable...