We Don't Live Here Anymore


We Don't Live Here Anymore

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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.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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Independent filmmaker John Curran directs the romantic drama We Don't Live Here Anymore, with a script by Larry Gross based on the short stories of Andre Dubus. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, and Naomi Watts. The story involves an extramarital affair that conflicts with the relationship between two affluent couples. We Don't Live Here Anymore was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the dramatic competition.

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Mark Ruffalo
as Jack Linden
Laura Dern
as Terry Linden
Peter Krause
as Hank Evans
Naomi Watts
as Edith Evans
Sam Charles
as Sean Linden
Haili Page
as Natasha Linden
Jennifer Bishop
as Sharon Evans
Meg Roe
as Lollipop Girl
Jim Francis
as Joe Ritchie
Marc Baur
as Plumber
David Low
as Musician
Ken Yerke
as Musician
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Critic Reviews for We Don't Live Here Anymore

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (36)

  • We Don't Live Here Anymore is, you might say, a movie for adults who are, perhaps, a smidge too impressed with being adults.

    Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • I was fully absorbed in the characters and their casually outrageous behavior.

    Sep 9, 2004 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • We Don't Live Here Anymore deftly captures the pain and suffocation of people who have fallen out of love and don't know who to blame. It just forgets to allow them -- or the audience -- to feel anything else.

    Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • Watts manages to make her Edith seem genuinely remorseful about her actions but unable to stop, and Ruffalo puts a believable hint of guilt in Jack's face that he carries through the film.

    Sep 2, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Earnest, overbearing and fully depressing, We Don't Live Here Anymore features a quartet of fine performances that are somewhat undermined by the numbing, one-note tone of the entire enterprise.

    Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: C+

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Painful, powerful adaptation of two of Andre Dubus' beautifully frank stories.

    Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for We Don't Live Here Anymore


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 White
Melvin White

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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 Schultz
Dan Schultz

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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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


It was a nice try, but the story is too time-worn to be interesting, the dialogue too stiff to be engaging, and the actors too removed to be sympathetic for. What a shame, too, because I absolutely LOVE Naomi Watts and Laura Dern.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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