• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ben Hickernell
    In Theaters:
    Apr 29, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 13, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Lebanon, Pa. Reviews

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Starts off like a self-serious Garden State and ends up like a self-serious Juno.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

May 13, 2011
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2011
Eugene Novikov

An intriguing, beautiful film by a promising young director.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

May 11, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 11, 2011
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

This is a plea for self-described indie filmmakers to stop utilizing hyper-polished technique to talk about human misery.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2011
Ronnie Scheib
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 29, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 28, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Displays the delicate touch of a sledgehammer on an old sidewalk.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 28, 2011
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B

April 28, 2011
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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The real casualties are momentum and narrative cohesion.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2011
Mark Bell
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A poignant portrait of an unlikely friendship and a pungent contrast of urban clamor and small-town murmur.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2010
Daniel Carlson
Hollywood Reporter
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Lebanon, Pa. is a few strong moments of storytelling lost in a sea of indie cliche.

July 6, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
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