Lymelife Reviews

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
May 14, 2012
Lymelife captures the look and feel of a very specific era in American life.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
May 14, 2012
Shaky in spots, but rewarding overall.
Top Critic
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2012
At no point did I feel bored or condescended to, and even though the ending may be overwrought, it had me gripping my chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lee Grant
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 14, 2012
The rest of the cast is splendid, including Alec Baldwin, a long way from the network executive on the TV sitcom 30 Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
S.T. VanAirsdale
Movieline
May 14, 2012
[A] fine chronicle of disaffection, dissolution and lust on Long Island in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David D'Arcy
Screen International
May 14, 2012
Culkin and Roberts hit the right balance of savviness and clumsiness as teenagers who are smart enough to see what their parents try to conceal.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 11, 2012
A slight feeling of déjà vu pervades its depiction of unhappy families. But it has a tender heart, and the imprimatur of Martin Scorsese as executive producer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine
May 11, 2012
Though not particularly original, Lymelife is well acted and smart, and the Martini brothers' work is worth following.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
May 11, 2012
Martini coasts on ambience and good song choices (some associated with the films of his executive producer, Martin Scorsese) and rallies with a refreshingly ambiguous ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Armstrong
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 11, 2012
Tthe third-act plot developments telegraph themselves well in advance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2012
The movie is an indie jewel; watch it shine.
Top Critic
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Solid, but forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 26, 2011
The film was meant to be a tear-jerker, but the only tears I encountered were the ones that I was bored to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 10, 2011
Like The Ice Storm, Martini's story climaxes with a devastating event, but whereas the earlier film's denouement had the force of tragedy, Lymelife's ending appears overly contrived.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 8, 2010
Boasting an outstanding ensemble cast, this small-budget indie is an at-times poignant tale of family life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 8, 2010
There's nothing remotely original about Derick Martini's saga of American suburban life in the late Seventies. It has all been done before - but Martini's first feature is so sharply written and well acted that it appears fresh as a daisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
July 8, 2010
Derick Martini's first feature may inhabit similar territory to The Ice Storm and American Beauty, but it's not overshadowed by them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
July 6, 2010
While they may not claim the marquee power of Baldwin or Nixon, Culkin and Roberts bring Lymelife its best performances and help boost the film above the ranks of the ordinary, dysfunctional family tale.
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
An attractive indie film package, but a desperately routine one that shock value cannot salvage.
Jason O'Bryan
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
Derick Martini's quirky, frustrating directorial debut seems to believe that a dystopian view of suburbia will suffice for a film, without the need of an engine to drive the story (or really any story at all).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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