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We Don't Live Here Anymore is often overly moody and grim, but it's made watchable by the strong performances for its four principal actors. Read critic reviews

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Married couple Jack (Mark Ruffalo) and Terry Linden (Laura Dern) are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith (Naomi Watts), who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans (Peter Krause). Learning of their partners' infidelity, Terry and Hank engage in their own extramarital affair together. Now, both marriages and friendships are on the brink of collapse.

Cast & Crew

Mark Ruffalo
Jack Linden
Laura Dern
Terry Linden
Peter Krause
Hank Evans
Naomi Watts
Edith Evans
Sam Charles
Sean Linden
Haili Page
Natasha Linden
Jennifer Bishop
Sharon Evans
Meg Roe
Lollipop Girl
Andre Dubus
Writer (Novel)
Larry Gross
Writer (Screenplay)
Larry Gross
Executive Producer
Ruth Epstein
Executive Producer
Mark Ruffalo
Executive Producer
Maryse Alberti
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Critic Reviews for We Don't Live Here Anymore

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (44)

Audience Reviews for We Don't Live Here Anymore

  • Dec 28, 2012
    Not a huge crowd pleaser but this film brings together strong actors who deliver strong performances. This truly is a life crossroads film depicting what attrition does to relationships and whether or not hard decisions are made.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2011
    Terry Linden: You gotta admit... even adultery has morality to it.  "Ordinary Lives. Extraordinary Emotions." Never have I watched a movie and been this turned off by the mere thought of it. We Don't Live Here Anymore is such a pretentious movie about two couples who cheat on each other. I will say I like Naomi Watts and Mark Ruffalo as actors but their characters along with Laura Dern(I don't care what anyone says; she's a horrible actress) and Peter Krause's characters are so selfish and and completely unlikable. I thought for a second that Dern's character was going to be decent, but that isn't the case either. Basically by the hour mark I wanted all four characters to be shot. I didn't care how their marriages or affairs turned out; I just wanted the slow, melodramatic music to stop and the movie to end. It's a movie I really wish I wouldn't have watched and I don't say that too often.  I never want to think about this movie again, but Dern's unbelievable crying fits are engraved into my brain. How can anyone enjoy watching her act? The "I don't care, fuck anyone you want" story gets old after about 10 minutes. Then all we are left with is the talents of Watts and Ruffalo, which in my opinion is the reason this is almost watchable.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2011
    A competently acted but predictable and formulaic melodrama centering around two couples who become sexually intertwined. The film's inability to give us a reason to care about any of the characters involved is its major downfall, since if we don't care whatsoever about any of these four miserable individuals, why would we want to learn about them? As said, the acting is superb, especially Ruffalo and Dern, but Krause's character gets left behind big time, and the kids that are treasured so much by the characters as well as the story in general get next to no development, which isn't good when you consider the film's emotionally heavy climax. A forgettable drama that needed more development and a story brave enough to take risks.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2011
    Quite depressing movie about two married couples having affairs with each other. Veeeery slow. Not a bad movie, but definitely not one that I would recommend to anyone.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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