Landline Reviews

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August 11, 2017
"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.
August 4, 2017
A zippy and friendly episodic comedy and coming-of-age story ...
August 4, 2017
A lovely success.
August 4, 2017
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.
August 2, 2017
Landline ultimately succumbs to a trope it eagerly tries to avoid-it ties things up with a bow.
July 27, 2017
Landline is a very funny film about people dealing with very serious situations. Better the Jacobs family than us.
July 27, 2017
Like [Obvious Child], this one benefits from Slate's ample charm and comic timing, though they've been funneled into a more conventional coming-of-age story.
July 27, 2017
Slate isn't the star of "Landline," but her daffy, unpredictable presence keeps it fizzing while her co-stars, especially Quinn, deliver brave, nervy performances.
July 27, 2017
Slate, a beguiling comic actress with shrewd dramatic instincts, knows how to make even faulty or contrived sequences come off.
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 26, 2017
The characters and the actors playing them are appealing, and somehow the movie all adds up to a better than break-even proposition.
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 24, 2017
Landline doesn't exploit the retro setting for gimmicky punchlines. Amidst the turmoil of 2017, 1995 feels like a comfortable and quaint world to step back into.
July 21, 2017
I've argued before that Slate should be the queen of modern-day rom-coms, if such a position was open. Add Landline to the evidence pile.
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
A forlornly funny and emotionally bruising dramedy that rarely misses an opportunity to reveal humans as the flawed and occasionally awful beings that they are.
July 20, 2017
For all the profanity and naughty behavior, it has the timid, ingratiating vibe of a television sitcom, sticking to safe and familiar emotional territory.
July 20, 2017
In sweetly calibrated moments ... Landline finds the analog joy it's reaching for.
July 20, 2017
The actors are all terrific: as Ali, Quinn has a radiant wildcat sweetness--there's fragility behind all that hissing. And Slate, with her marvelous, helium-tinged voice, is a pure pleasure to watch.
July 20, 2017
Tonal swerves can be a source of useful friction; here they're simply awkward, and Robespierre's efforts to meld sentiment and laughs grow increasingly strained.
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