Lymelife (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes


Lymelife (2008)



Critic Consensus: Lymelife features sharp performances, but the story lacks the emotional depth or focus worthy of its talented cast.

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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Critic Reviews for Lymelife

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

At no point did I feel bored or condescended to, and even though the ending may be overwrought, it had me gripping my chair.

May 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Solid, but forgettable.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Another film that looks back at late seventies' suburbia with a mixture of tenderness and condescension.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

The offbeat Lymelife is so clearly leeching off other suburban-dysfunction films that it could have been titled The Lice Storm.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

Even in its darkest moments there are flashes of warm comedy and gentle farce that lend the story considerable credibility and charm.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Overall the film feels like The Ice Storm or American Beauty on training wheels, but Martini's next efforts could be well worth watching.

May 7, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lymelife

Just a typical coming of age indie flick. It's got some great acting but the film lacks focus; it jumps around between too many conflicts without really having a story. There's also has an abrupt ending making it unsatisfying. With that said, I was never bored when watching the film probably due to the strong characterization. Nothing groundbreaking, worth watching, but it follows the same formula as most indie movies.

Eric Shankle
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

In a 1970s bourgeois neighborhood a naive teenager copes with his father philandering and his mercurial love interest. I think Flixster Super Reviewer Pamela De Graff said it best: "We've seen Lymelife's somber imputation in other movies about suburban values and relationships, Lymelife's is not a pensively warm-hearted slice of life, nor merely a bleakly cynical condemnation of the American dream. It's a reasoned, dryly tongue-in-cheek indictment of yuppie hypocrisies and contradictions." And I liked the acting -- particularly by Keiran Culkin, who has grown up into a smarmy smart ass. Overall, I think writing more would be redundant as I found De Graff's review to be spot on and more intelligently written than I can attempt here.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


The American Dream Sucks Very good Film. Great acting and superb story, I quite enjoyed it alot. Emma Roberts continues to surprise me with such great energy and suave. I highly recommended because is in fact quite lifting and a great piece of cinema. Set in the late 70's, seen through the innocent eyes of a fifteen year old boy, SCOTT, "Lymelife" is a unique take on the dangers of the American Dream. This funny, sad, violent and sometimes tragic look at first love, family dynamics and divorce weaves an intricate tapestry of American life during a time of drastic economic and emotional change.

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Manu Gino

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