Jeff Who Lives at Home

User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 66
  2. Negative: 4 out of 66
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  1. Jun 15, 2012
    6
    Enjoyable movie.
    A surprise.
    From the trailer i saw looked like a generic comedy but it turn out to be a good drama.
    A journey of a man that after losing his dad and inspired by a movie tries to find his destiny
  2. Mar 16, 2012
    5
    Jeff satisfies my personal definition of an average movie almost perfectly. It's genial enough, but painfully slow out of the gates. Segel has some funny moments, Sarandon is excellent in her touching role, but there's just not much too this sucker. You can see right through it. The ending is dramatic, but it feels completely tacked on. Ed Helms and Jason Segel have done vastly superior movies.
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    6
    The ultra-talented, Indie darlings, the Duplass brothers ("Badhead," "The Puffy Chair," and "Cyrus") have here what might finally catapult them unto the mainstream scene. In their largest scale film yet, casting big names as Siegel, Helms, Sarandon, and Greer, the brothers create an easy-going, low-key, mumblecore that maintains a naturalistic tone and genuine palatability that doesn't setThe ultra-talented, Indie darlings, the Duplass brothers ("Badhead," "The Puffy Chair," and "Cyrus") have here what might finally catapult them unto the mainstream scene. In their largest scale film yet, casting big names as Siegel, Helms, Sarandon, and Greer, the brothers create an easy-going, low-key, mumblecore that maintains a naturalistic tone and genuine palatability that doesn't set the viewer's expectations too high or too low; it beats a drum that is methodically modulated and internally contemplative, while possessing a poignant resonance that is more subtle than one might expect. What holds it back, is a beginning that meanders a bit too long, at times irksome, low-fi sound quality, and a message that promotes helplessness in adulthood; the film could benefit from more ardor and drive, both literally and figuratively. However, with the omni-present sense of delight that hangs over this little joy, combined with Seigel's lost, yet optimistic eyes contrasted with his blunderous, man-child mannerisms, Greer's adroit tears, and Sarandon's maternal elegance, "Jeff Who Lives at Home" captures the dysfunctionalities of everyday life and family, and presents it in a way that is neither brazen nor tawdry; its clean, purely funny, unadultered cinema. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2013
    4
    This movie means well with the message it is putting forth, but unfortunately never rings true. I enjoy Helms and Segel both as actors but here they are given characters that have little to no nuance. Add to that the fact that the story is very contrived and you have a film that id very hard to connect with.
  5. Aug 10, 2012
    6
    Everything here is done with the utmost subtlety and comes full circle in this comedy with heart. However, a dragging pace and a ludicrous, unsatisfying ending serve as reminders that the Brothers Duplass can do better.
  6. Jul 12, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nice Little movie, nothing Special tho. i like segel and helms. if you getting into this movie its good. the end is a bit arbitrarily Expand
  7. Feb 27, 2015
    4
    not what my imagination would want the movie to actually be.....but still a pot head thinking everything is connected and his older brother crashing his car is pretty funny on its own...other than that don't go thinking its a comedy...actually just don't go on this one...you will find yourself wondering as to weather or not Segal's character types and the little girls have any sort ofnot what my imagination would want the movie to actually be.....but still a pot head thinking everything is connected and his older brother crashing his car is pretty funny on its own...other than that don't go thinking its a comedy...actually just don't go on this one...you will find yourself wondering as to weather or not Segal's character types and the little girls have any sort of place in this world especially without saving or giving purpose to one another .....-JRA Expand
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 12, 2012
    60
    The film is watchable and often funny, but still seems encumbered with a kind of Sundance-indie self-consciousness, and I wondered if, in the end, it was doing anything more than the far more unassuming and gag-packed Harold & Kumar movies.
  2. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    May 12, 2012
    60
    Cool cast, hip directors, but a movie that's less than the sum of both. Like its title character, Jeff is gentle, warm but a little forgettable.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    May 7, 2012
    60
    There's undoubtedly comedy mileage in an irreverent sending up of the Signs/Magnolia school of everything-is-connected philosophy. Despite the calibre of the cast, the Duplass brothers mostly fail to find it.