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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"Landline," at times, feels a bit inert, that it's coasting on the novelty of '90s nostalgia without justifying that choice, and allowing those references to stand in for actual propulsive storytelling and jokes.

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

A zippy and friendly episodic comedy and coming-of-age story ...

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A lovely success.

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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You can't go wrong with fine actors like Turturro and Edie Falco as the unappreciated mom. But it's Quinn as the feisty kid sister who shines.

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Landline ultimately succumbs to a trope it eagerly tries to avoid-it ties things up with a bow.

Aug 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Landline is a very funny film about people dealing with very serious situations. Better the Jacobs family than us.

Jul 27, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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