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  • Summary: When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes andWhen their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide— driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves. [Warner Bros.] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 39
  2. Negative: 10 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 18, 2014
    67
    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.
  3. 63
    A big, broad dysfunctional family comedy, sort of a “Parenthood” pushed into R-rated “Adulthood” territory.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Sep 15, 2014
    50
    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?
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Sep 11, 2014
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 19, 2014
    20
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    Another movie that critics don't like it and we loved it. The movie is an exaggeration about how family members relate to each other longAnother movie that critics don't like it and we loved it. The movie is an exaggeration about how family members relate to each other long after they have lived together. So many things ring true about the relationship between the siblings and their parents. Siblings may seem not to like each other, not like their parents, or understand each other, but they will fight for each other because they know each other. This movie will not win awards as it did manipulate situations, but it made them funny and rang very true not only for siblings, but what children think of parents. Love is there, but liking each other might not be, and that is life. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    9
    Loving this all star cast and theme, but it feels a bit tired at points. If this movie had seen a release date in 2012, it would have become aLoving this all star cast and theme, but it feels a bit tired at points. If this movie had seen a release date in 2012, it would have become a bigger hit (as Tina Fey and Jason Bateman were still "relevant", while now they no longer feel fresh"). Worth the admission price. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2015
    8
    This film was a really nice film to sit down to watch with a bottle of wine and some girlfriends. The film certainly won't appeal to everyoneThis film was a really nice film to sit down to watch with a bottle of wine and some girlfriends. The film certainly won't appeal to everyone - but if you want a film where everything gets resolved and everyone ends up happy at the end (and it has been made well), then this might just been the film for you. Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2015
    6
    I don't know why filmmakers obsess over the perpetually miserable. I get that it can sometimes be funny but the human condition, at least forI don't know why filmmakers obsess over the perpetually miserable. I get that it can sometimes be funny but the human condition, at least for the white upper-class folks in this film, isn't all that dire.

    Some of the performances are wonderful and it did make me chuckle a bit but the overall effect is "meh."
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  5. Jan 18, 2015
    5
    The drama part of "This is Where I Leave You" doesn't work at all and quite frankly is really bad but enough comedy moments from some of theThe drama part of "This is Where I Leave You" doesn't work at all and quite frankly is really bad but enough comedy moments from some of the characters made it somewhat enjoyable to watch. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2014
    5
    Although there are moments when This Is Where I Leave You is charming, funny, interesting, even poignant, it’s generally a mess. In fact theAlthough there are moments when This Is Where I Leave You is charming, funny, interesting, even poignant, it’s generally a mess. In fact the movie is such a mess that it's tempting to think that the makers confused narrative drama with dramatic structure, and therefore found it perfectly natural to let the structure be as loose as everything else in the movie. Expand
  7. Sep 22, 2014
    1
    I didn't expect much going into THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU but man is this one bad movie. Solid cast are all working from different planets andI didn't expect much going into THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU but man is this one bad movie. Solid cast are all working from different planets and totally undermined by direction from Shawn Levy that is more appropriate for an Adam Sandler film than a dramedy about a dysfunctional family that features Jane Fonda. The less said the better. Though I will say, Connie Britton does her damnedest to actually appear like a real human being. She has great hair too. Expand

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