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Lullaby (2014)



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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
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Garrett Hedlund
as Jonathan
Anne Archer
as Rachel
Amy Adams
as Emily
Jessica Barden
as Meredith
Terrence Howard
as Doctor Crier
Jennifer Hudson
as Nurse Carrie
Zac Ballard
as Nicholas
Frankie Shaw
as Janice
Daniel Sunjata
as Officer Ramirez
Miles Kath
as Young Jonathan
Anne V
as Brooke
Sharon Hope
as Older Black Woman
Russell Koplin
as Nurse Hatcher
Tom Riis Farrell
as Officer Poland
Sterling Jerins
as Young Karen
Sam Freed
as Wyatt Coleman
Ed Incle
as Super
Robert Bogue
as Steven Lavipour
Peter Salzer
as Orthodox Man
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Top Critic

The digital photography is crummy, and the characters who most need to convince ... feel created out of whole cloth. Polyester cloth, at that.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
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The kind of manipulative, cliché-infested hokum that alienates moviegoers by its insistence on hogging all the tears.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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A tortured weepie that can't quite figure out what sort of movie it is, "Lullaby" wears out its welcome fairly quickly.

June 12, 2014
Seattle Times
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I loved this film! I can't believe it's only just came to Sky Premieres or that I never noticed it when it was released. Such an emotional moment in a families life conveyed in film. Fabulous cast!!!

Charina Cotton
Charina Cotton

This is a very powerful movie. Lessons of love, friendship and, most importantly, appreciation of one's family are found throughout this brilliant film. Levitas really knocked this one out of the park, and the all-star cast (namely Jenkins) was the cherry on top.

Private User
Private User

★★★ (out of four) "Lullaby" walks a tight rope between over-the-top melodrama and undeniable human emotions. When it doesn't know how to gain sympathy for its characters it sets them up on patronizing events so that the audience with start to like them better. On the other hand, the film strikes a cord with its depiction of losing a parent. I recently went through this, as many others have. Many of these moments have the ring of truth. I felt and acted the way the characters did, and I'm sure writer/director Andrew Levitas did as well. How else could he have known? Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund) has been estranged from his family for several years. Now, he is headed back to New York City. His father (Richard Jenkins) is in the hospital, dying of cancer, and wants his wishes of being taken off life-support, fulfilled. The reunion between Jonathan and his sister, Karen, is not a welcome one. The fighting between the two, as well as with the parents escalates, especially when Karen files legal papers in order to prevent the father from being taken off life support. I like Garrett as an actor. He has a "James Dean" vibe. Anne Archer, as his mother, is radiant, and there is decent support from actors like Amy Adams, Terrance Howard, and Jennifer Hudson. I wished some of the unneeded filler scenes had ended up on the cutting room floor. [IMG][/IMG]

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