The Land of Steady Habits

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With typically sharp work from writer-director Nicole Holofcener and finely layered performances, The Land of Steady Habits is one mid-life crisis worth watching.

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Movie Info

Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Conn., a man retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. He befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless, regrettable behavior. His shameful actions cause him to question who he is as a father and, ultimately, who he is as a person.

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Critic Reviews for The Land of Steady Habits

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (7)

  • A great actor when his motor is running fast, Mendelsohn is surprisingly attractive at slower speeds and better when Holofcener makes him twist.

    September 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Laying it all out with a piercing authenticity, Holofcener makes us hope that the wait till her next feature is not quite so long.

    September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The decision to spend a little time on a lot of different characters results in a splintered story that muddles - rather then clarifies - its protagonist's roundabout journey back to himself.

    September 13, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Really bad decisions are made, people lie, no one convincingly grows. Lest this be taken as biting commentary, the music, stilted dialogue and epilogue assure us it's in earnest.

    September 13, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • As the tone wobbles between absurdity and tragedy, it also starts to shift toward something deeper and more bittersweet than mere midlife ennui.

    September 13, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • No detail ever seems to go unnoticed in Holofcener's world, and viewers could spend the entire running time simply admiring her powers of surveillance.

    September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Land of Steady Habits

  • Jan 14, 2019
    One of the better movies about suburban ennui. Holofcener understands that each character's unhappiness is deeper than mere dissatisfaction.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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