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Dear Lemon Lima (2011)

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80

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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62

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 534

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Vanessa gets a dose of reality when Philip, her one true love, ends their relationship, again. The quirky teen enrolls in his school to win him back, but ends up making matters worse. Downgraded to social outcast, Vanessa struggles to reclaim Phillip's affection. Luckily, when Vanessa is declared a captain for the school's Snowstorm Survivor competition, she assembles a team of likeminded misfits to prove they deserve to compete and hopefully win her love's heart again. -- (C) Official Site

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Aug 2, 2011

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2)

If 'Napoleon Dynamite' had had a bigger heart it may have turned out like this sweet and smart comedy about high school misfits.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The filmmaker knows how to gently skew reality just enough to offset the excess cuteness.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's more appealing than anything Hollywood has recently offered the 8- to 13-year-old female demographic.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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There's almost nowhere for such a plot to go that audiences haven't seen countless times before.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A spoonful of sugar, to say nothing of bright pastel colors and friendly bunny rabbits, helps the medicine go down in the sometimes ungainly but often winning prep school comedy Dear Lemon Lima.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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A gifted cast of young actors and a darkly comic outlook make the charming "Dear Lemon Lima" anything but sour.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

The debuting Suzi Yoonessi ably remains the right side of twee in turning her adolescent journal into a delightful misfit comedy.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Quirky coming-of-age dramedy is sweet, but strained.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Dear Lemon Lima is a quirky beauty of a film with its cotton-candy colors, Miranda July-esque sensibility, and its embracing of alienation as a source of creativity.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A meticulously constructed, organic comedy that passes along some enchanting flights of fancy, using its exquisite Alaskan settings to mold a unique personality that further enhances the viewing experience.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Dear Lemon Lima

Cute coming of age film. Very colorful and pretty to look at with nice little story to it. I got a little bored by the very end, but I am a little older than the target audience. It does have a slightly dark theme so I would think this is for a mid teen rather than a tween.
I liked the young cast and all the hair colours!
August 5, 2013
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    1. Vanessa Lemor: I tried to embrace my peers, but all I found was a dead bunny in a puddle.
    – Submitted by Michelle J (3 years ago)
    1. Vanessa Lemor: I am no longer a window shopper in this mini-mall of life.
    – Submitted by Suzi Y (3 years ago)
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