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Lymelife Reviews

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 6, 2010
It's not terrible, but many of the metaphors employed by writers Derick and Steven Martini are crashingly obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
July 6, 2010
For all its emphasis on suburbia and its discontents, Lymelife never quite convinces that its story's environs are essential -- or even all that interesting.
Anton Bitel
Film4
July 6, 2010
Given its concern with suburban rites of passage, Lymelife is the quintessential indie film, but it offsets its overfamiliar derivativeness with filmmaking craft and excellent performances.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 5, 2010
Lymelife is tenderly observed and generally well-played with Timothy Hutton bringing a weary stoicism to one of his best roles in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2010
Debut director Derek Martini displays confidence, coaxing performances from his cast that keep the potentially overheated story in check.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 1, 2010
Derivative it may be, but this is a well-directed, well-rounded drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 1, 2010
Chiselled from the same block of unhappiness as The Ice Storm, Thumbsucker and just about every other movie made by a depressed baby-boomer, it's yet more well-acted retro anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leo Owen
Little White Lies
July 1, 2010
Lymelife is bursting with understated comic lines, a convincing cast and tight production.
| Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 30, 2010
It's a particularly good performance from Rory, the youngest of the seven Culkin children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
June 30, 2010
A sharply-observed character study with some masterful central performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
June 30, 2010
Dysfunctional adults and disaffected kids tear chunks out of each other in a hazy '70s purgatory of drab copper hues and horrible brown clothes. Brave, intelligent and bitingly witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 30, 2010
It's an intriguing watch with just enough black humour to keep its quiet desperation at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cassam Looch
ViewLondon
June 30, 2010
An ultimately satisfying look at the American dream through the eyes of a typical 15-year-old boy who's struggling to make sense of his family and surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 17, 2010
The film has a funny-quirky tone that's continually subverted by darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
October 22, 2009
Lymelife is funny and well-acted, but it's just shy of being compelling enough to be remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 27, 2009
...there is only so much they can do covering such familiar territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 10, 2009
Lymelife doesn't bring much new insight to bear on the topic of the horrors of suburban existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 22, 2009
The performances are strong. ... But to anyone who saw "The Ice Storm" or "American Beauty" or a dozen other tales of suburban angst, there's nothing here you haven't seen before.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 21, 2009
While the performers do what they can with the material, we've seen this premise done too many times, especially recently.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 16, 2009
The Martinis are not filmmakers, and I wish they had paid more attention in their Production 101 classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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