Lebanon, Pa. Reviews

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 13, 2011
Starts off like a self-serious Garden State and ends up like a self-serious Juno.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
May 13, 2011
Since the crux of the tale is a teenager's decision about an unwanted pregnancy, "Lebanon, Pa." can't possibly please everyone. But Hickernell doesn't strain to be provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eugene Novikov
Cinematical
May 11, 2011
An intriguing, beautiful film by a promising young director.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 11, 2011
Not perfect, but vastly superior to most of the Hollywood dreck we've been getting lately, Lebanon, Pa. is a thoughtful and perceptive film well worth recommending.
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2011
This is a plea for self-described indie filmmakers to stop utilizing hyper-polished technique to talk about human misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 29, 2011
As long as the pic remains rooted in a specific locale's rhythms, it imparts a sense of discovery; but when local color wears thin, bald ideological small-town/big-city oppositions intrude.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 29, 2011
Plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 28, 2011
Kitson, who plays CJ, the mouthy, forthright teenager at the center of the storm, illuminates a movie that is otherwise so studiously balanced an examination of teenage pregnancy that it deserves a medal for evenhandedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 28, 2011
Displays the delicate touch of a sledgehammer on an old sidewalk.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 28, 2011
For the most part it's your classic character-driven movie - the antithesis of an "issue" drama - until a contentious issue surfaces that threatens to overwhelm the story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 27, 2011
The real casualties are momentum and narrative cohesion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
April 26, 2011
Lebanon, Pa. begins as a tale about male, middle-aged self-discovery, but soon becomes something quite different: a clear-eyed if crassly manipulative take on the culture wars.
Mark Bell
Film Threat
April 25, 2011
Lebanon, PA is a beautiful film with powerful characters and a story you can really connect with in a way that won't make you feel gross or manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2010
A poignant portrait of an unlikely friendship and a pungent contrast of urban clamor and small-town murmur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Daniel Carlson
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Lebanon, Pa. is a few strong moments of storytelling lost in a sea of indie cliche.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 6, 2010
A transitional time in the life of a 35-year-old ad agency executive when he has a chance to take a hard look at his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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