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  • Summary: Back when they were brothers-in-law, married to two sisters, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin's wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can't quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland-just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them. Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 15, 2014
    91
    Katz, who has been saddled with the deadly label "mumblecore" in the past, and Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") combine sensibilities of dry wit and warm earnestness in precise proportions. It's also further proof, if it were needed, that smart, funny, entertaining films are always around, even in the dog days of summer. You just have to know where to look.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jul 11, 2014
    88
    In movies, there’s “character driven,” and then there’s “CHARACTER driven.” Earl Lynn Nelson, who plays one of the two lead roles in Land Ho! a truly disarming and beguiling movie, seems from all indications to be an all-caps character.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 27, 2014
    83
    Treasuring small victories and mood above all else, Land Ho! makes it possible to engage with its subjects' pathos and experience their sense of renewal along with them.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Jan 27, 2014
    65
    Though its uncluttered simplicity and refreshing lack of cliches render it sublimely enjoyable, the film never digs deep enough to give itself much weight.
  5. 63
    Land Ho! is both loose (shot over 18 days, with an improv quality to the acting) and overcalculated in its series of encounters, small revelations and life-affirming beats. The movie is pleasant and mostly forgettable, except for the character of Mitch.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 22, 2014
    60
    The result is a hoot, as Nelson breathes comic life into the proceedings with an effortless, unselfconscious joie de vivre.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jul 10, 2014
    50
    While Land Ho! feels like a direct extension of its characters, with sedate compositions that are a far cry from the youthful opportunism steering the camera in Katz’s previous films, the uncharacteristic transparency of its agenda clashes with the joy of discovery its story craves.

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  1. Jul 26, 2014
    4
    It's a comedy, at least it is supposed to be.
    Two 60+ ex-brothers-in-law who used to be married to two sisters go to see Iceland.
    Good
    cinematography.
    Some delicate scenes, done masterfully. But many more dull dialogs. A few laughs. When I left the theater I felt disappointed.
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