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Landline Reviews

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June 4, 2020
A real treat for fans of smart family dramedies, films that are neither "Father Knows Best" retreads, clueless dad cliches, nor mom-coping-with-womanizing-hubby sagas.
May 12, 2020
The biggest hurdle an audience might have with Landline is finding a character with whom they can enter the story, but once we get there, it's a mostly worthy ride to an uncertain but hopeful conclusion.
March 30, 2020
Not getting along isn't the same as not caring, and Robespierre makes sure that we feel this family's deep love for one another.
October 30, 2019
Timeless and refreshing, tether yourself to Landline.
July 26, 2019
While Landline treads some familiar filmic territory, it does so with great performances and a heartfelt attitude.
June 25, 2019
Landline feels like a quality TV pilot for a cable-based or streaming-service family dramedy. Like its 1990s setting, the film is a throwback to an era when such content was turned into movies and not binge-watched vehicles for former big-name stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 20, 2019
Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm craft an indelible portrait of the women in the Jacobs family, each at different life stages yet all struggling to feel the love with important companions.
March 30, 2019
LANDLINE has a few moments of dramatic potency, but ultimately it hangs up on its potential to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 11, 2019
The script is fairly pedestrian but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 2, 2019
Guys, for real: Director Gillian Robespierre is an expert at turning real life struggles into cinematic art.
January 29, 2019
Wistful nostalgia is a big part of Landline's charm. Luckily, we have [Gillian] Robespierre and [Jenny] Slate to make sure that it's brought to us with all the quirk (sometimes a bit too much), charm, and hilarity that's become their trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 26, 2018
If Landline lacks contextual specificity, then it makes up for it with an emotional clarity that is far beyond your typical modern American indie comedy
December 25, 2018
While the [film] takes the same realistic and unconventional approach to committed relationships [as Obvious Child], it also lacks the same focus and depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 20, 2018
In a crowded sea of male-dominated Hollywood films and paper-thin female characters, little independent gems like Landline generate even more of an electrifying spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 7, 2018
Overall, Landline is a decent depiction of a fruitless family at the crossroads. However, both Robespierre and Slate do once again deliver the comical confusion at the root of feminine angst and self-doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2018
"Landline" doesn't do much to reinvent the mold or these cliches. However, with a strong voice like Gillian Robespierre, these familiar elements [seem] fresh
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2018
A picture that is soul-bearingly honest when it's not brutally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 1, 2018
While nothing may come easy for the Jacobs, you can't say the same for Robespierre, who turns the intense pressure her characters feel into another gem.
October 30, 2018
Landline just dangles off the hook for most of its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 4, 2018
Slate is one of those actresses who can mine gold out of every scenario, including the ones presented here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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