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This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 52

This Is Where I Leave You has its moments, but given the amount of talent assembled onscreen, the rather pedestrian results can't help but feel like a letdown.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 25

This Is Where I Leave You has its moments, but given the amount of talent assembled onscreen, the rather pedestrian results can't help but feel like a letdown.

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The dramatic comedy "This is Where I Leave You" is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey ("30 Rock"); and two-time Oscar (R) winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home," HBO's "The Newsroom"). (c) Warner Bros

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (52)

This Is Where I Leave You amounts to everything I can't stand about certain American movies. It gathers too many good, smart actors and gives most of them almost nothing interesting to play.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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What a wasted opportunity.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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This comedy about a death is a funeral for the audience. But, hey, here's your chance to sit shiva with an all-star cast.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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Somewhere in this mess, there might be a very good movie.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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As with so many movies where the script constructs experiences that are contrived and off-putting, you hope the actors can capture the emotional truth of some scenes, even if the entire apparatus feels bogus.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film's fatal flaw is it can't figure out who it is and do just one thing well. In the end, "This is Where I Leave You" is a failed comedy, a forgettable drama and a poor man's "August: Osage County" copycat.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Thanks to a quality ensemble cast and a willing director, This Is Where I Leave You covers overly familiar territory in a refreshingly entertaining way.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

This film has so many facets to it, so many characters, all with their own set of problems, that the fact that Tropper and Levy have made it into such a cohesive, entertaining movie is an admirable feat.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Jason Bateman and Tina Fey teach us how to function within family dysfunction.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

This Is Where I Leave You struggles in vain to meld broad, farcical comedy with low-key, contemplative drama

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Cast prevails in spite of indie film dramedy cliches

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

... In these hands, the contrived premise is not just believable but relatable.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

One of the best film casts of 2014 work together to make one of the worst films of 2014.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

Jason Bateman and Tina Fey click and Jane Fonda has fun making fun of her breast implants but little else works and the rest is as dysfunctional as its topic.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

A dramedy that provides humor, heartbreak, and vulnerable characters we can empathize with as they live out their messy days.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Because it is packed, packed I say, with so many talented, likable actors who have gamely committed to this hot mess, the movie becomes enjoyable in spite of itself.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

An engaging and fun exploration of the dynamics of the ties that bind and sometimes gag.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Does the movie achieve the emotional resonance it sneakily strives for in the end? Well, no, it's too fake for that.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Gripe, gripe, gripe and snipe, snipe, snipe, all served family style with a bare minimum of relatability.

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Aside from the moments of forced comedy, the performances from the cast are generally good and deliver what's needed. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)

September 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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Audience Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You

Simple, yet complex, "This is Where I Leave You" is a very different film that challenges you to choose a character and feel for them. This is a very character-driven piece about hardships and loveships, even if it does not end in the conventional way that every romance does. After the death of their father, a family is brought together to spend the week in their mother's home where they must reconnect. It is a very basic premise, but the acting is so great that you are along with them the entire time and you almost forget you are watching a film at times. It may not be the greatest film in the world, but it is one of the most challenging films to watch of 2014. I found myself in tears and laughing quite often throughout the film, but there is something missing. For what I enjoyed, I really enjoyed, but there was a sense of story that was missing to me a little. "This is Where I Leave You" is thought-provoking and ballsy with all of it's cultural statements and archetypes and I loved that about it. Overall, it is a very solid film that I recommend.
September 18, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Hilary Altman: For the next seven days you are all grounded.

This is Where I Leave You is the kind of film that walks the line between being aware it is not treading new ground, but still wants to make you happy, based on all the talented actors involved, and treating its subject matter in a more serious manner. It is a film featuring characters that are mostly not all that inherently interesting, but because they are played by people like Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, the film at least has some reliable performances to stand behind them. It is nothing new to have a small period of time serve as a way of course correction for the lives of a family in a film, but while this film is fairly enjoyable, it lacks much of anything to really make it stand out. It is a film that does just enough, but sits a couple spots away from being essential viewing.

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September 17, 2014
DrZeek

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The ensemble cast will be the driving force for people flocking to watch it, and that will be good enough. Led by Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, the cast does a good job with bringing out the wacky family dynamics of the Altman family when they reconvene in their family home after the death of their father. There are clichéd and unrealistic moments which took away from the good parts of the film - an easy chemistry amongst the cast, some funny and heartwarming moments - but that said, "This is Where I Leave You" is a great fall flick to be entertained by.
September 20, 2014
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