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The Landlord Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
April 7, 2016
Hal Ashby's début film as a director is one of his best.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2013
Liberal guilt, with a few good laughs, a lot of frantic activity, and the occasional backfire.
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TIME Magazine
May 7, 2013
A glossy, flat, fake Hollywood attempt at black social comedy.
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2010
Hal Ashby's feature directing debut is a poignant social satire about racial tensions in New York, extremely well acted by Beau Bridges and Lee Grant in an Oscar-nominated role.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2009
An uneven comedy of manners that bears checking out for its on the money painfully poignant moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
October 31, 2007
The script has a few uneven moments, none of which damage the overall quality of the film, and Willis captures the atmosphere of both rich and poor New York lifestyles with an impressive visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 31, 2007
Beau Bridges heads the uniformly excellent cast as a bored rich youth who buys a black ghetto apartment building and learns something about life.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 25, 2007
The Landlord remains one of the funniest social comedies of the period, as well as the most human.
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Andrew O'Hehir
September 20, 2007
It's a compelling and adventurous spectacle, which feels simultaneously like a time capsule and a crucial influence on such recent films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Half Nelson.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The Landlord succeeds thanks to terrific performances, political nous, flawless photography from Gordon Willis, a handful of sublimely witty moments and an overall sense of rebellious fun.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It adds up to a more honest, if less optimistic, portrait of American race relations than we usually see in the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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