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Lymelife Reviews

May 14, 2012
At no point did I feel bored or condescended to, and even though the ending may be overwrought, it had me gripping my chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2011
Solid, but forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 8, 2009
Another film that looks back at late seventies' suburbia with a mixture of tenderness and condescension.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 8, 2009
The offbeat Lymelife is so clearly leeching off other suburban-dysfunction films that it could have been titled The Lice Storm.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2009
Even in its darkest moments there are flashes of warm comedy and gentle farce that lend the story considerable credibility and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2009
Overall the film feels like The Ice Storm or American Beauty on training wheels, but Martini's next efforts could be well worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2009
The players dazzle, but co-writer-director Martini has attrracted this cast with chewy roles and a sharp metaphor, a disease that tears down the veneer of normality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2009
The dysfunctional suburban family drama has become so ubiquitous that the genre has lost all impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 1, 2009
Solid performances combine with a sense of warm naturalism to make for engaging, memorable drama.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 1, 2009
Thanks to a strong ensemble cast, it's poignant and funny.
May 1, 2009
The cast is ferociously good, bringing an edgy unpredictability to familiar scenarios of infidelity, alienation, and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2009
Lymelife doesn't have the sheer power of "The Ice Storm," but it's not just another recycling of suburban angst. By allowing their characters complexity, the Martinis spill open those tiny model homes as thoroughly as a dropped Monopoly game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 24, 2009
Rory Culkin does more than hold his own in this high-powered cast. He shows the angst of a teenage boy, but also the resilience. There is a sweetness to this film that keeps the darkness at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
Like so many of these farm-raised films, this one looks polished, but takes no risks, offers no surprises, and contains a final sequence that's laughable for its lack of courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 23, 2009
Lymelife, directed by first-timer Derick Martini and produced by Martin Scorsese, balances grimness and levity with relative success.
April 17, 2009
Despite the familiar themes, the movie maintains its originality through its specificity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2009
It's a family drama that treads on well-worn middle-class territory but is redeemed by the complexity of the characters and the intriguing ambiguity of their actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2009
Lymelife offers charm and humor through its young central characters and pathos through its remarkable supporting cast, without pulling punches on its overall atmosphere of autumnal darkness and anomie.
April 16, 2009
Alec Baldwin here is at the top of his Baldwin-ess: he's selfish, self-martyring, crafty and incredibly human
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 13, 2009
Across the board, the performances, in particular Jill Hennessy, are very impressive.
April 13, 2009
This is a film that really builds to these awkward, uncomfortable places naturally, organically.
April 13, 2009
Is it too much to ask that some day somebody will make a movie about 'burb bliss?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
April 10, 2009
Martini brews a hazy feeling out of memory and time, a sense of relief and regret in the knowledge that nothing so exotic as ordinary suburban puberty can ever happen to you again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2009
Lymelife is well told, superbly acted, recalls some of the truly banal pop hits of the late '70s and hardly ever digresses from the genuine. It's a pearl among zucchinis.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 8, 2009
[An] overworked if heartfelt indie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 8, 2009
Rarely have I seen such a waste of worthy talent.
April 8, 2009
The sterling ensemble portrayals of Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Hutton and the Culkin brothers on the male side and Ms. Hennessy, Ms. Nixon and Ms. Roberts on the distaff side make Lymelife worth seeing, especially in these dire times.
April 8, 2009
If only its substantial craft and atmosphere were matched by an equally compelling reason for being.
April 8, 2009
Despite some floundering, Lymelife keeps you hooked, mostly through its performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 6, 2009
Startling performances, searing dialogue and an archaeologist's sense of late '70s period detail power the violently funny Lymelife.
April 6, 2009
A terrifically cast bittersweet coming-of-age story -- ticks and all.
April 2, 2009
Director and co-writer Derick Martini throws all this drama on a high burner. Even when the drama gets overcooked, Lymelife sends off sparks.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4