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Landline Reviews

August 11, 2017
"Landline," at times, feels a bit inert, that it's coasting on the novelty of '90s nostalgia without justifying that choice, and allowing those references to stand in for actual propulsive storytelling and jokes.
August 4, 2017
A zippy and friendly episodic comedy and coming-of-age story ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2017
A lovely success.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 4, 2017
You can't go wrong with fine actors like Turturro and Edie Falco as the unappreciated mom. But it's Quinn as the feisty kid sister who shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2017
Landline ultimately succumbs to a trope it eagerly tries to avoid-it ties things up with a bow.
July 27, 2017
Landline is a very funny film about people dealing with very serious situations. Better the Jacobs family than us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 27, 2017
Like [Obvious Child], this one benefits from Slate's ample charm and comic timing, though they've been funneled into a more conventional coming-of-age story.
July 27, 2017
Slate isn't the star of "Landline," but her daffy, unpredictable presence keeps it fizzing while her co-stars, especially Quinn, deliver brave, nervy performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2017
Slate, a beguiling comic actress with shrewd dramatic instincts, knows how to make even faulty or contrived sequences come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2017
"Landline" is a very nice movie about the ways people can be not nice to each other at all, and it never quite overcomes its innate passive aggressiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2017
The characters and the actors playing them are appealing, and somehow the movie all adds up to a better than break-even proposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2017
The actors fling themselves with forced charm into their narrowly defined roles, and Robespierre juggles the story lines with a bland vigor that lacks any observational, analytical, or symbolic dimension.
July 24, 2017
Landline doesn't exploit the retro setting for gimmicky punchlines. Amidst the turmoil of 2017, 1995 feels like a comfortable and quaint world to step back into.
July 21, 2017
I've argued before that Slate should be the queen of modern-day rom-coms, if such a position was open. Add Landline to the evidence pile.
July 21, 2017
I found myself wishing that Robespierre had uncovered something more interesting for her characters to do than act out plotlines from other movies I had already seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2017
A forlornly funny and emotionally bruising dramedy that rarely misses an opportunity to reveal humans as the flawed and occasionally awful beings that they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2017
For all the profanity and naughty behavior, it has the timid, ingratiating vibe of a television sitcom, sticking to safe and familiar emotional territory.
July 20, 2017
In sweetly calibrated moments ... Landline finds the analog joy it's reaching for.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 20, 2017
The actors are all terrific: as Ali, Quinn has a radiant wildcat sweetness--there's fragility behind all that hissing. And Slate, with her marvelous, helium-tinged voice, is a pure pleasure to watch.
July 20, 2017
Tonal swerves can be a source of useful friction; here they're simply awkward, and Robespierre's efforts to meld sentiment and laughs grow increasingly strained.
Top Critic
July 20, 2017
The humor works because Robespierre parcels it out sparingly, at all the right (and wrong) moments, and because all the actors have serious chops.
July 20, 2017
Jenny Slate and filmmaker Gillian Robespierre are sublime talents, but Landline drifts into sitcom clichés, when there's tons of talk about pain but little of the actual hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2017
[A] richly detailed, often moving film; it's less a slice of life than a free-spirited blurt of it.
July 19, 2017
Slate proves again to be a special talent, able to go from goofy-silly to volcanically desirous in the time it takes to gulp a Zima. Falco makes every minute of her small screen time sizzle and Quinn has great skill as a preternaturally mature teen.
July 19, 2017
A uniformly excellent cast and some genuinely moving moments make it easy to fall for, especially if you're a fan of Obvious Child's returning star, Jenny Slate.
July 19, 2017
Crumbling nuclear families are a well-worn movie genre; you could even add "in Manhattan" to that description and the examples would be many. Landline is simply another one, not appreciably worse than the average, but not much better, either.
January 26, 2017
Too reliant on exaggerated characters and situations, and often looking and feeling like a TV show.
January 25, 2017
A textured, silly, sweet, and deeply felt comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 22, 2017
Somehow manages to fall disappointingly flat all too often.
Top Critic
January 22, 2017
On a whole, this is an agreeable sophomore effort from the filmmaker-a Sundance movie in one of the better senses.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 21, 2017
Great movie bickering becomes a kind of music, but well before the end of "Landline," I just wanted the characters to cease their ranting and storming, or at least lower the volume.
January 21, 2017
A smart and tender movie that was swept a bit under the rug by its misguided designation as "the abortion comedy."
January 21, 2017
Robespierre still needs to fine-tune her skills as a storyteller, but scene for scene she has the right audacity - the honest kind - to explore that kind of experience.