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This Is Where I Leave You

Drama . Comedy

When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother (Jane Fonda) and a collection of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. As the brothers and sisters re-examine their shared history and the status of each tattered relationship among those who know and love them best, they reconnect in hysterically funny and emotionally significant ways.

Actors: Jason Bateman , Tina Fey , Adam Driver , Rose Byrne , Corey Stoll , Kathryn Hahn , Connie Britton , Timothy Olyphant , Abigail Spencer , Dax Shepard , Jane Fonda
Directors: Shawn Levy
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-19
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  • James Berardinelli

    Even considering some of its late-innings flaws, this is an engaging movie that doesn't mistake histrionics and bile for solid family reunion drama.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The film is often quite funny, and just real enough that we may recognize ourselves in some small way in this family.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    When the grown-up going gets tough, the one thing you know is that the Altmans won't abandon one another. Which makes "This Is Where I Leave You" not earthshaking by any stretch, but somehow reassuring.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    This Is Where I Leave You is packed with familiar regrets and lost-time makeups but these actors make every recycled moment count for something.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Subtle it ain’t, but there’s an undercurrent of palpable rage that pokes through the (very funny) banter-banter gloss of the thing, and the actors rip into it with relish.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    As a film it feels overly familiar, with some amusing scenes, but not enough to make for a wholly satisfying experience.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Thing is, Levy is a hard-sell man. He pushes the material so hard, it's as if he were working on commission.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A big, broad dysfunctional family comedy, sort of a “Parenthood” pushed into R-rated “Adulthood” territory.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    A dream cast are on good form in a film that makes you want to call your siblings, but very glad you don’t live with them.

    Empire Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    If the movie never quite masters the feel of messy, grown-up life, it at least makes a few promising salvos in that direction... The actors help a lot.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Fonda gets some of the movie's best moments as the sexually frank, silicone-enhanced mom who got rich off a best-selling memoir that exposed her children's intimate habits.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    So put it this way: If the Altmans were a real family sitting shiva, I’d drop by to commiserate and give a cheek-kiss to a few of the mourners (Bateman, Driver, Fey, maybe Fonda). I enjoyed seeing them, but I’d hate to be sentenced to being with them for the full seven-day stretch.

    Time Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Somewhere in this mess, there might be a very good movie.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The kid is the most mature person on screen. Otherwise, it is gripe, gripe, gripe and snipe, snipe, snipe, all served family style with a bare minimum of relatability. Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    As with so many movies where the script constructs experiences that are contrived and off-putting, you hope the actors can capture the emotional truth of some scenes, even if the entire apparatus feels bogus.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It’s entertaining enough if you turn your brain off.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    What a wasted opportunity.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It all falls flat. Not completely — there is simply too much talent involved for the film to fail completely.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Bateman comes off well, humanizing his character with a strain of melancholy that’s one of the movie’s genuinely touching elements. Fey is all right, though she falls back on her patented shtick. Driver makes the most of his hipsterish role, nicely playing off the other siblings’ tension.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Although the ratio of comedy to drama becomes increasingly weighted toward tearjerking, few of the emotional moments are realistic or effective.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    This Is Where I Leave You struggles in vain to meld broad, farcical comedy with low-key, contemplative drama. It lurches so violently between its twin modes, in fact, that it’s a wonder the actors are able to remain standing upright.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    This Is Where I Leave You demonstrates, a great cast is a terrible thing to waste.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    All of which leaves you wondering: Why cast such talented, interesting, and edgy performers if you're only going to ask them play it safe?

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Unremarkable but occasionally enjoyable, Levy’s dramedy is pleasant enough, but it grows tired, losing focus by the end.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    They say any group is only as strong as its weakest link. Well, the weak link in This Is Where I Leave You is the film in which the appealing cast members are stuck.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Frequently irritating and occasionally insulting. Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    This is Where I Leave You is totally aimble, utterly unmoving filler given a major shot in the arm by its cast, people it’s simply a pleasure to watch, even with the creeping feeling they’re better than this.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The two who do succeed in forging a convincing bond are Bateman and a spry, switched-on Driver, as brothers with a significant age gap who get each other and tend to join forces against the surrounding tumult.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Tina Fey is in the film, for heaven’s sake, and I love her to pieces, but by now we know to expect something humdrum when she’s on a movie screen. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This comedy about a death is a funeral for the audience.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    And the jury's still very much out over whether Shawn Levy is an inept comedy director masquerading as an opportunistically dramatic one, or vice versa.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    I can’t imagine any film starring Jane Fonda to be a total loss, but This Is Where I Leave You, a vulgar, inept and gruesomely contrived load of junk misleadingly labeled a comedy comes perilously close.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Witney Seibold

    The excellent cast of This Is Where I Leave You cannot be faulted; all talented performers, they collectively make a constant effort to bring some sort of life to the limp script and uninspired direction.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    There is almost nothing here that you haven’t seen a dozen times before, and even the surprises feel flat and familiar. More dispiriting still is that this drab complacency is wrapped around messages of daring, honesty and spontaneity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This is one of those overworked and generally airless comedies with a sitcom premise that can't sustain life.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    The most charitable thing you can say about This Is Where I Leave You is that it is resolutely innocuous — a nothing of a movie, neutered and sanitary.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    With a bench this deep, This Is Where I Leave You should have been a comedy of contemporary manners as wickedly funny as it is poignant. In the hands of Levy, it’s become just another forgettable example of low-stakes Hollywood hackwork at its most bland, banal and snipingly belligerent.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Probably the biggest sin in a movie filled with many is turning Fonda into a nymphomaniacal sight gag who makes Barbarella look like Gloria Steinem.

    Time Out New York Full Review
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