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A raft of fine actors -- including Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, and Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay -- are wasted in a sour, callow family drama that mistakes constant yelling for emotional tension and fortune-cookie aphorisms for wisdom.
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.
Lullaby is the kind of film that's best described as a having been cobbled together from an indie scrapyard.
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.
Family reunites for dying dad in warm drama; some swearing.
Lullaby gives a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of the disease and not just what it does to the body, but to the family as well.
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