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

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Derek Armstrong
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tthe third-act plot developments telegraph themselves well in advance.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

After so many Ice Storms and American Beautys what further insights could the present offering hope to add?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 6, 2009
Jason O'Bryan
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Has a terrific ensemble cast with strong performances and occasional moments of razor-sharp wit and tenderness, but it eventually falls apart with a mostly contrived, unfocused plot that fails to be emotionally engrossing, powerful or haunting.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.75/10

April 10, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I've seen Lymelife twice, and I liked it better the first time, when it was called The Ice Storm.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

May 8, 2009
Nick Schager
The Screengrab

Authenticity is drowned out by an overarching don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover message that long ago lost its luster.

Full Review Source: The Screengrab

April 6, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

As it jogs toward its climax, Lymelife fails to ratchet up the tension by turning the screws of the plot.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

May 7, 2009
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Another not-terrible yet not-exactly-clamored-for glimpse into American Dream%u2013driven dystopia.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

April 23, 2009
Brian Orndorf

It's awkward and transparent, inviting more confusion than closure. Lymelife is an attractive indie film package, but a desperately routine one that shock value cannot salvage.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

April 9, 2009
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons

An attractive indie film package, but a desperately routine one that shock value cannot salvage.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

July 6, 2010
Prairie Miller

A less lymelife than lowlife combo predatory insect and human lurid split level burb noir, where at one point two entirely separate set of sex partners nearly catch each other in the act simultaneously. Scorecard, please.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 4, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Good acting] can certainly help, and for the most part Lymelife is functionally competent and barely familiar enough to be dull.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

May 11, 2009
Cole Smithey

"Lymelife" is a black comedy that sticks in your throat a little too much to be an enjoyable experience. However, it does have the side effect of making its audience feel superior to the characters on the screen.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

April 5, 2009
Geoff Berkshire

The Ice Storm warmed over.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 9, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A sort of facile, lesser entry in the canon of movies in which sensible, overly mature kids grapple with philandering and emotionally stunted adults, Lymelife is a bunch of discrete, thematically similar scenes in search of a cogent narrative punch

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C-

April 29, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

... Timothy Hutton...offers a moving, intelligent and offbeat portrait of a man being kicked when he's down that should, but probably won't, be remembered at year's end.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

April 9, 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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

June 26, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[An] overworked if heartfelt indie.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

April 8, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film itself never becomes more than a trip back to the same suburban dystopia we've been visiting since at least Welcome to the Dollhouse.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 10, 2009
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