Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 108


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User Ratings: 18,795
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A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Alec Baldwin
as Mickey Bartlett
Rory Culkin
as Scott Bartlett
Emma Roberts
as Adrianna Bragg
Jill Hennessy
as Brenda Bartlett
Timothy Hutton
as Charlie Bragg
Kieran Culkin
as Jimmy Bartlett
Cynthia Nixon
as Melissa Bragg
Logan Huffman
as Blaze Salado
Derick Martini
as Photographer
Adam Scarimbolo
as Todd O'Leary
Phillip Pennestri
as Father Pazzo
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Critic Reviews for Lymelife

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  • Jun 01, 2013
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    <i>The American Dream Sucks</i> Understated with AMAZING performances by the entire cast. Recommended.
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Really? That many people dumped on this film? I thought it was quite charming and my first introduction to Emma Roberts who really hasn't lived up to this initial promise since. I think its a bad choice in script selection. Alec Baldwin is great as well.
    John B Super Reviewer

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