The Landlord
The Landlord (1970)

Wealthy, insensitive young Beau Bridges buys an inner-city tenement, planning to evict the present occupants and construct a luxury home for himself. But once he ventures into the tenement, he grows quite fond of the low-income ethnic types… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: October 25, 1995
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Hal Ashby's début film as a director is one of his best.

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Variety Staff

Beau Bridges heads the uniformly excellent cast as a bored rich youth who buys a black ghetto apartment building and learns something about life.

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Emanuel Levy

Hal Ashby's feature directing debut is a poignant social satire about racial tensions in New York, extremely well acted by Beau Bridges and Lee Grant in an Oscar-nominated role.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Liberal guilt, with a few good laughs, a lot of frantic activity, and the occasional backfire.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The Landlord remains one of the funniest social comedies of the period, as well as the most human.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An uneven comedy of manners that bears checking out for its on the money painfully poignant moments.

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TIME Magazine

A glossy, flat, fake Hollywood attempt at black social comedy.

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Andrew O'Hehir

It's a compelling and adventurous spectacle, which feels simultaneously like a time capsule and a crucial influence on such recent films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Half Nelson.

TV Guide

The script has a few uneven moments, none of which damage the overall quality of the film, and Willis captures the atmosphere of both rich and poor New York lifestyles with an impressive visual style.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Hal Ashby's debut film is very honest, witty and funny. The dramatic twist is poignant, though for me it disembalances the perfect farcical tone it had at… More
Adam Mahler
one of the most honest movies I've seen about the relationship between blacks and whites in America
Aj V
This comedy is very funny, but at the same time tries to get across the fact that people of different racial backgrounds can get along and live together. I… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Landlord," 29-year old Elgar Enders(Beau Bridges), wanting to do something with his life, buys a tenament in Park Slope,… More
Mister Caple
One of the first early gigs featuring Louis Gossett,Jr,this movie was Hal Ashby's directorial debut and it became one of the top ten films of 1970 and for… More