Landline Reviews

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March 30, 2019
LANDLINE has a few moments of dramatic potency, but ultimately it hangs up on its potential to matter.
December 25, 2018
While the [film] takes the same realistic and unconventional approach to committed relationships [as Obvious Child], it also lacks the same focus and depth.
October 31, 2018
Landline just dangles off the hook for most of its running time.
October 3, 2018
The cast is talented but they have all been led in the wrong direction.
December 19, 2017
It registers that this once-reckless upper middle class nuclear family has succeeded in re-seating itself in an approximation of its former comfort zone, even as its rent has risen.
September 8, 2017
Landline never quite finds its emotional footing. As a result, it makes for a generic drama/comedy hybrid that will be forgotten the next day.
August 10, 2017
All problems are on this level of, um, complexity in Landline, which serves up a laundry list of humdrum conflicts.
August 4, 2017
There are an awful lot of layers to deal with, and more sensitive audiences will be turned off by Landline's ugly frankness.
August 4, 2017
This film looked great on paper, but an outstanding cast can't overcome a plot and '90s setting that never come alive
August 3, 2017
The humor and heartache don't balance as smoothly as they could.
August 2, 2017
Landline ultimately succumbs to a trope it eagerly tries to avoid-it ties things up with a bow.
July 28, 2017
The result is a scattershot depiction of the family that doesn't feel like a story but a pastiche of the ideas that ended up in the writers' garbage can.
July 28, 2017
The blend of raunchy comedy and darker domestic drama is awkward, becoming caught up in final-act contrivances that essentially lead to ambiguous shoulder-shrugging.
July 28, 2017
I laughed during Landline , and I still think Jenny Slate is a deft, new kind of comic actress. But the journey from the spikiness of Obvious Child to the softness of Landline is a disappointing arc.
July 28, 2017
In the movie and in their own lives, [these characters are] the problem.
July 27, 2017
A slender indie sitcom, peopled by characters who are simply annoying rather than quirkily charming.
July 27, 2017
"Landline" is a very nice movie about the ways people can be not nice to each other at all, and it never quite overcomes its innate passive aggressiveness.
July 24, 2017
The actors fling themselves with forced charm into their narrowly defined roles, and Robespierre juggles the story lines with a bland vigor that lacks any observational, analytical, or symbolic dimension.
July 21, 2017
I found myself wishing that Robespierre had uncovered something more interesting for her characters to do than act out plotlines from other movies I had already seen.
July 21, 2017
Landline is at times endearing, funny, and crushing, but it is instantly forgettable.
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