Jeff Who Lives at Home Reviews

  • 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 Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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. Scott — New York Times

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

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

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

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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 Morris — Boston Globe

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

    Brian Miller — Village Voice

  • 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 Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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 Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

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

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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 Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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 Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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 Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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 Debruge — Variety

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

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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 Barnard — Toronto Star

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

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

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