• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Derick Martini
    In Theaters:
    Sep 8, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 22, 2009
  • Screen Media Films

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Lymelife Reviews

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

It's not terrible, but many of the metaphors employed by writers Derick and Steven Martini are crashingly obvious.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2010
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org

For all its emphasis on suburbia and its discontents, Lymelife never quite convinces that its story's environs are essential -- or even all that interesting.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

July 6, 2010
Anton Bitel
Film4

Given its concern with suburban rites of passage, Lymelife is the quintessential indie film, but it offsets its overfamiliar derivativeness with filmmaking craft and excellent performances.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 6, 2010
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Lymelife is tenderly observed and generally well-played with Timothy Hutton bringing a weary stoicism to one of his best roles in a long while.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2010

Debut director Derek Martini displays confidence, coaxing performances from his cast that keep the potentially overheated story in check.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2010
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Derivative it may be, but this is a well-directed, well-rounded drama.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Chiselled from the same block of unhappiness as The Ice Storm, Thumbsucker and just about every other movie made by a depressed baby-boomer, it's yet more well-acted retro anguish.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

July 1, 2010
Leo Owen
Little White Lies

Lymelife is bursting with understated comic lines, a convincing cast and tight production.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2010
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

It's a particularly good performance from Rory, the youngest of the seven Culkin children.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

June 30, 2010
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

A sharply-observed character study with some masterful central performances.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2010

Total Film

Dysfunctional adults and disaffected kids tear chunks out of each other in a hazy '70s purgatory of drab copper hues and horrible brown clothes. Brave, intelligent and bitingly witty.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2010
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It's an intriguing watch with just enough black humour to keep its quiet desperation at bay.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 30, 2010
Cassam Looch
ViewLondon

An ultimately satisfying look at the American dream through the eyes of a typical 15-year-old boy who's struggling to make sense of his family and surroundings.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

June 30, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The film has a funny-quirky tone that's continually subverted by darkness.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2010
Stina Chyn
Film Threat

Lymelife is funny and well-acted, but it's just shy of being compelling enough to be remembered.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

October 22, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...there is only so much they can do covering such familiar territory.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

August 27, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Lymelife doesn't bring much new insight to bear on the topic of the horrors of suburban existence.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2009
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The performances are strong. ... But to anyone who saw "The Ice Storm" or "American Beauty" or a dozen other tales of suburban angst, there's nothing here you haven't seen before.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 22, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

While the performers do what they can with the material, we've seen this premise done too many times, especially recently.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 21, 2009
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The Martinis are not filmmakers, and I wish they had paid more attention in their Production 101 classes.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 16, 2009
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