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"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is [the Duplass brothers'] best yet.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

Jeff, Who Lives at Home takes the Duplass Brothers' art to a new, deeper place. Credit the cast or the characters tripping through well-worn situations and relationships, but this is far and away their best movie.

-Roger MooreFull Review

The funny, touching and vital Jeff, Who Lives at Home reaffirms your faith in Jay and Mark Duplass. Their films hit you where you live.

-Peter TraversFull Review

It's boring.

-James AdamsFull Review

The lives of these sweet, confused, basically decent people wrap around one another in ways that are funny, far-fetched and touching.

-Tom LongFull Review

Generates quite a few laughs on the way to a surprisingly satisfying climax.

-Lou LumenickFull Review

It's the modest, mumblecore version of the seemingly perennial story of man-children in the promised land.

-Ann HornadayFull Review

It's a brilliant sleight of hand: Nothing important seems to be happening, and yet stuff keeps happening, and the movie is always pushing forward.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't.

-Scott BowlesFull Review

You come to like Jeff and even to admire him. The aura of holy foolishness that hangs around him is not just bong exhaust: he turns out to be the hero of a disarmingly sincere spiritual fable.

-A.O. ScottFull Review

Most of the material avoids the treacle zone, while Jason Segel, as the man-child in residence, gives a performance that I can only describe as gravely affecting.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" has a meandering quality, like its title, that's oddly appealing; you feel like you know these very regular-looking people, and slowly become invested in their dilemmas.

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

Segel ... seems to be staking his claim on just about any sweet, clueless character that comes along. He should be more discriminating.

-Betsy SharkeyFull Review

Both Jeff and the film have a way of sneaking up on you.

-Ian BuckwalterFull Review

It feels incomplete and the ending is entirely too convenient. We've seen all of this before.

-James BerardinelliFull Review

This is one of those smart, funny, rueful movies like "Cedar Rapids" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" where you sense that everyone involved truly cares about the characters. It's impossible not to join in the good feeling.

-Colin CovertFull Review

A sitcom would set these events in motion and 22 minutes later have them solved. This is a sitcom at four times the length, 10 percent the amusement, and triple the amount of nauseating photography.

-Wesley MorrisFull Review

The plausibility of the finale is open to question, but the filmmaking duo's determination to take us there makes a nice kind of sense.

-Steven ReaFull Review

For both Segel and the Duplass brothers, Jeff marks a turning point. The actor comes into his own with a layered, pleasing performance, and the filmmakers behind The Puffy Chair, Baghead and Cyrus move towards more commercial films.

-Linda BarnardFull Review

A surprisingly sappy misfire from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass - a hug-it-out, touchy-feely movie that succumbs to the maudlin sentimentality they had avoided in all their previous pictures.

-Rene RodriguezFull Review

This isn't a movie for everyone, but for fans of quirky charm leavened occasionally by uncomfortable, realistic exchanges, it's a small delight.

-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review

The whole movie is about piecing together broken parts. It may not always come together, but what it makes, if you look at it the right way, is endearing.

-Joe NeumaierFull Review

There are some funny scenes in which the two brothers spy on the wife, who may be having an affair, but the movie's climax is a badly contrived attempt to ratify Jeff's notion of personal destiny.

-J. R. JonesFull Review

A goofy, sweet comedy about estranged siblings who work their way back to brotherly love in the course of a daylong, very shaggy caper of coincidences.

-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review

A whimsical comedy, very whimsical, depending on the warmth of Segal and Sarandon, the discontent of Helms and Greer...

-Roger EbertFull Review

All of these comic actors find different sorts of laughs -- sadder, truer ones -- by toning down some of their usual tendencies. They're no less effective this way, but the shift does provide an unexpected tone.

-Christy LemireFull Review

Jeff is a surprisingly mutable, ultimately poignant day-in-the-life drama about a slacker who genuinely wants to stand tall.

-Brian MillerFull Review

The Duplass brothers take another step toward conventional Hollywood storytelling without sacrificing the sincere, true-to-life quality that got studios interested in the first place.

-Peter DebrugeFull Review

Segel's performance is the heart of the film, his naive faith making other characters' bolder gestures believable...

-John DeForeFull Review

An enjoyable indie dramedy with a number of engaging moments and a solid performance from Jason Segel but not nearly as deep as the ideals that fuel Jeff's character.

-Ben KendrickFull Review


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