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Landline (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Landline's talented cast -- and a fast-paced approach from director/co-writer Gillian Robespierre -- help this charming multi-generational dramedy overcome a familiar storyline.

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When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Landline is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies, co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child).

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

Jenny Slate and filmmaker Gillian Robespierre are sublime talents, but Landline drifts into sitcom clichés, when there's tons of talk about pain but little of the actual hurt.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] richly detailed, often moving film; it's less a slice of life than a free-spirited blurt of it.

July 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Slate proves again to be a special talent, able to go from goofy-silly to volcanically desirous in the time it takes to gulp a Zima. Falco makes every minute of her small screen time sizzle and Quinn has great skill as a preternaturally mature teen.

July 19, 2017 | Full Review…

A uniformly excellent cast and some genuinely moving moments make it easy to fall for, especially if you're a fan of Obvious Child's returning star, Jenny Slate.

July 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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Crumbling nuclear families are a well-worn movie genre; you could even add "in Manhattan" to that description and the examples would be many. Landline is simply another one, not appreciably worse than the average, but not much better, either.

July 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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Predictable, and pointlessly set in 1995, it's still a pleasant, lightly amusing showcase for Jenny Slate and screen novice Abby Quinn.

July 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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