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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 38
  2. Negative: 10 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Sep 18, 2014
    80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 18, 2014
    63
    Thing is, Levy is a hard-sell man. He pushes the material so hard, it's as if he were working on commission.
  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: Tim Robey
    Sep 11, 2014
    40
    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.
  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: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  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 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 21, 2014
    10
    This is Where I Leave You is not exactly a comedy nor a drama. Rather it's an accurate portrayal of a real life family coming together to sit shiver at the death of the patriarch {the father}. We are soon drawn in remembering that when we were young, our fervent hope was to have a royal storybook marriage like the lovers in the fictional Camelot. Despite our best intentions, life never turns out that way. Think JFK and Jackie? Secretly, we all know deep inside that our own childhood family was dysfunctional; but never realized most families are too. We just journey thru life meandering for answers that never seem to come. This film is absolutely outstanding as it reveals a real family warts and all. The ensemble cast are all fantastic, especially Jason Bateman {the central character} and Adam Driver.. The latter is the youngest of the siblings, the one in our family that never seems to grow up that we all envy. As the story unfolds, you can't help but see yourself. At times, it's painful to watch, but dead on accurate. The movie will stir your emotions as you can't help but think what if each of us had taken that other fork in the road? This film will not thrill critics as they live in their own snobbish world, however it will resonate with the movie going public. We all wish we could have "do overs" in life, but unfortunately, as we know all too well, there are none. As the film draws to conclusion you feel it's us that was sitting shiver on our own lives. Admitting life's mistakes and saying goodbye to our childhood family is never easy. Definitely worth going to see on the giant sliver screen. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2014
    9
    Highly recommend this movie. Critics got it all wrong. A 40-something score? So wrong. Sure, a couple scenes and one plot device I could fault, but overall, a funny, LOL at times, movie. I'd happily see it again. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2014
    8
    Four grown siblings (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll) come home for their father's funeral and spend a week dealing with each other and their unhappy lives. The mood alternates between genuinely snappy comedy and "lite" drama. This delightful ensemble deftly manages both, providing lots of laughter, as well as heartfelt moments of tenderness. A dysfunctional family comedy with nimble intelligence and sweet charm. Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2014
    7
    If you are comparing the movie to the book, there are some major differences and huge plot points that are left out. The book was, without question, a comedy, with scenes that made me laugh out loud while reading. The movie, though it had some very funny moments, was more of a drama about family dynamics and fixing broken relationships. Adam Driver steals the screen with his fantastic combination of heartfelt connection and superb comedic timing... and I can't imagine it was easy sharing the camera with the rest of that star-studded cast. Overall a great movie, though, as usual with books-turned-movies, not as good as the reading was. Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2014
    6
    In “This Is Where I Leave You” matriarch Hillary (Jane Fonda), a best selling author and psychologist, upon the death of their father, tells her four adult children that, though he wasn’t religious, he wanted them to observe the practice of shiva, mourning for the deceased, for 7 days.

    The oldest son, Paul, (Corey Stoll), worked with his father in the family owned sports equipment, and his wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn) have unsuccessfully been trying to have a child. Judd, (Jason Bateman), comes home from New York city after finding his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) in bed with his boss (Dax Shepard). The third son, the baby of the family, Philip, (Adam Driver), who obviously inherited his father’s endowment and sexual prowess, appears with Traci (Connie Britton) a beautiful, smart, much older woman, in the Porsche she bought for him. Their only sister, Wendy, (Tina Fey) with 2 children, is married to Barry, (Aaron Lazar) who does a lot of traveling and is leaving for Paris as the film opens.

    Along the way we meet a childhood friend of the boys, Ben Schwartz, (Charles Grodner), who is now a Rabbi officiating over their dad’s funeral and the shiva rituals. Living across the way are Horry, (Timothy Olyphant), the first love of Wendy’s, who had brain damage in an accident involving both of them, and his mother, Linda, (Debra Monk). There is also Penny, (Rose Bryne), Judd’s high school sweetheart, who runs an ice skating rink.

    Jonathan Tropper wrote the screenplay, based on his novel, and I hope many of the unnecessary potty mouth lines and sexual actions such as the emphasis on Hillary having her breasts enlarged or one of the characters called ‘Boner’, weren’t in the book. There is really only one spoiler in a movie like this as we get into all the personal baggage of each of the characters. The director, Shawn Levy, is lucky to have a cast that makes him, and Tropper, look good.

    With this first rate cast some scenes are bound to be standouts such as the talks between Wendy and Judd on the roof but especially a scene where Traci talks to Judd about where her relationship is going with Philip. Jason Bateman has major scenes with most of the cast members and is, basically, the backbone of the movie but the ‘older’ women, Britton, Fonda and Monk bring the gravitas to the film making it less of a TV sitcom.

    “This Is Where I Leave You” is R Rated for sexual and language content plus drug use. It is a movie in between the young adult films of summer and the Oscar contenders of autumn.
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  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 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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