LULLABY explores the power of life, its transformative moments, and reconnections between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours' time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum game to reclaim all that his illness stole from his family. A debate rages on patients' rights and what it truly means to be free. Jonathan reconciles with his father, reconnects with his mother (Archer), sister (Brown-Findlay), and his love (Adams) and reclaims his voice through two unlikely catalysts - a young, wise-beyond-her-years patient (Barden) and a no-nonsense nurse (Hudson). Through this intensely life affirming prism, an unexpected and powerful journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness unfolds.(c) Arc Entertainment … More
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Critic Reviews for Lullaby
A film like "Lullaby" should both enlighten and inspire debate. Instead, it feels simultaneously superficial and overbearing, albeit with a few moments that do indeed resonate.
The digital photography is crummy, and the characters who most need to convince ... feel created out of whole cloth. Polyester cloth, at that.
The kind of manipulative, cliché-infested hokum that alienates moviegoers by its insistence on hogging all the tears.
With the ever-expanding number of adults able to stay alive longer because of medical advancements, quality-of-life issues are top of mind for many folks. It's the way the filmmaker makes the point that is the problem.
A tortured weepie that can't quite figure out what sort of movie it is, "Lullaby" wears out its welcome fairly quickly.
Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard are wasted in tiny parts, as is Amy Adams as the lost love of the sulky rocker.
You'll walk away feeling sombre and slightly downtrodden but, thanks to a handful of strong performances and a strong emotional core, the central debate will linger in your mind, which is exactly what "Lullaby" sets out to do.
Jenkins and Hedlund do great work here but it's the unnecessary supporting characters who undermine what could've been a strong drama.
After about ten minutes of enduring this manipulative, seemingly-endless weeper you'll just wish he would go ahead and die already.
Lullaby gives a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of the disease and not just what it does to the body, but to the family as well.
Grim and grief-filled with little that's uplifting to redeem the prevailing mood of despair.
The effort eventually goes for the throat with its hysterical ending, and while the production aims to offer catharsis, it's best to use such overbearing manipulation as time to remember what Levitas gets right.
Writer/director Andrew Levitas is clearly tackling very personal, heartfelt sentiments here, yet he chooses some of independent cinema's creakiest cliches to do so. That causes the bottom to fall out.
Culminating in the endurance of memories and hope for the future, "Lullaby" strikes an unforced, resonating chord. It is so much more than just a sad tale.
Garrett Hedlund's performance throbs with an anguish that's far more honest than the sentimental euthanasia subplot at the center of the film.
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