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Lymelife Reviews

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Derek Armstrong
TV Guide
May 11, 2012
Tthe third-act plot developments telegraph themselves well in advance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2009
After so many Ice Storms and American Beautys what further insights could the present offering hope to add?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jason O'Bryan
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
Derick Martini's quirky, frustrating directorial debut seems to believe that a dystopian view of suburbia will suffice for a film, without the need of an engine to drive the story (or really any story at all).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 10, 2009
Has a terrific ensemble cast with strong performances and occasional moments of razor-sharp wit and tenderness, but it eventually falls apart with a mostly contrived, unfocused plot that fails to be emotionally engrossing, powerful or haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 8, 2009
I've seen Lymelife twice, and I liked it better the first time, when it was called The Ice Storm.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
The Screengrab
April 6, 2009
Authenticity is drowned out by an overarching don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover message that long ago lost its luster.
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
May 7, 2009
As it jogs toward its climax, Lymelife fails to ratchet up the tension by turning the screws of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 23, 2009
Another not-terrible yet not-exactly-clamored-for glimpse into American Dream%u2013driven dystopia.
Brian Orndorf
April 9, 2009
It's awkward and transparent, inviting more confusion than closure. Lymelife is an attractive indie film package, but a desperately routine one that shock value cannot salvage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
An attractive indie film package, but a desperately routine one that shock value cannot salvage.
Prairie Miller
April 4, 2009
A less lymelife than lowlife combo predatory insect and human lurid split level burb noir, where at one point two entirely separate set of sex partners nearly catch each other in the act simultaneously. Scorecard, please.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 11, 2009
[Good acting] can certainly help, and for the most part Lymelife is functionally competent and barely familiar enough to be dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
April 5, 2009
"Lymelife" is a black comedy that sticks in your throat a little too much to be an enjoyable experience. However, it does have the side effect of making its audience feel superior to the characters on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
April 9, 2009
The Ice Storm warmed over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 29, 2009
A sort of facile, lesser entry in the canon of movies in which sensible, overly mature kids grapple with philandering and emotionally stunted adults, Lymelife is a bunch of discrete, thematically similar scenes in search of a cogent narrative punch
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2009
... Timothy Hutton...offers a moving, intelligent and offbeat portrait of a man being kicked when he's down that should, but probably won't, be remembered at year's end.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 26, 2011
The film was meant to be a tear-jerker, but the only tears I encountered were the ones that I was bored to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 8, 2009
[An] overworked if heartfelt indie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 10, 2009
The film itself never becomes more than a trip back to the same suburban dystopia we've been visiting since at least Welcome to the Dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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