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Life Partners

Romance . Comedy

A 29-year-old lawyer and her lesbian best friend experience a dramatic shift in their longtime bond after one enters a serious relationship

Actors: Leighton Meester , Gillian Jacobs , Adam Brody , Gabourey Sidibe , Beth Dover , Abby Elliott , Kate McKinnon , Mark Feuerstein , Greer Grammer
Directors: Susanna Fogel
Country: USA
Release: 2014-11-06
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  • Jesse Hassenger

    If this all sounds more than a little familiar, it’s probably because similar material about young-ish women growing up and maybe apart has been staged recently and on a variety of scales, from the scrappy intimacy of "Frances Ha" to the broader comedy of "Bridesmaids." Life Partners isn’t as ebullient as the former or laugh-out-loud funny as the latter, but it maintains a sharp specificity about both of its lead characters’ lives.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Life Partners may be a dispensable sitcom of a movie, but it's charming and cannily made.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Partners is exceedingly well-cast and well-acted, bringing a lightly satirical and witty script to life. Meester and Jacobs have a disarming chemistry, and their conversation is filled with a comfortable shorthand.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Fogel’s focus is female friendship, and the challenges presented by growing older and pairing up. It all makes for a rocky road, regardless of the romantic rival’s gender.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Abhimanyu Das

    The romantic elements are secondary to what is essentially an astute and cleverly written dissection of a co-dependent friendship being gradually eroded by the incremental ravages of age, rivalry, and rapidly diverging personal arcs.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    Life Partners boasts a sweetly relaxed vibe that makes it go down easily thanks to the witty screenplay by Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz and the highly appealing performances by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Gillian Jacobs (Community).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz's script captures the girls' relationship in fine detail.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    The movie belongs to thesps Jacobs and Meester. Jacobs fully inhabits her less-than-completely-sympathetic role with warmth and just the right touch of unconscious entitlement, while Meester luminously expands the film’s affective core.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The moments of believability in the surprisingly entertaining Life Partners have greater resonance. Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Sweet but unambitious comedy.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    Meester and Jacobs have an easy, authentic chemistry, but there isn't enough structure or storytelling thrust to sustain interest in the plot: Triumphs, calamities and reunions keep happening, but none contains real dramatic heft.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Fogel and Lefkowitz go for a loose, funny vibe that allows them the freedom to serve a range of different characters and subplots, but the center of their movie doesn’t hold.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    A waxen falseness suffuses the stilted, stubbornly generic picture, from the casting to the humor to the lesbian-friendly milieu. Like the fast-food mozzarella sticks one of the characters devours in moments of existential woe, it feels like a calculated imitation rather than the real thing.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A slight and somewhat demure romantic comedy/friendship comedy built around two mildly interesting characters.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    It's the sort of film where music montages are used like wallpaper to take narrative shortcuts and minimize messy conflict.

    The Playlist Full Review
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