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The Lifeguard Reviews

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Matt Shiverdecker
Paste Magazine
August 29, 2013
The Lifeguard sadly drowns in its own clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
September 2, 2013
"The Lifeguard" is hemmed in by vagueness and cliche, and nearly ruined by its soundtrack, an insistent barrage of thematically obvious alt-radio music cues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
August 29, 2013
Bell gives a strong performance, eschewing her own perky persona to navigate the melancholia, but the script's conclusion fails to go as deep as the heavy lead-in requires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
August 29, 2013
What the film desperately needed was some originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 29, 2013
Like its lead character, The Lifeguard is stuck in a rut. After establishing Bell's frustration within the first five minutes, the movie continually reiterates it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
August 27, 2013
As listless and self-regarding as its protagonist, flitting among underdeveloped characters and subplots and indulging in rote emo shots by the pool, yet never figuring out how to dive into the deep end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
January 30, 2013
It is, and there's no point in mincing words now, awful.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 29, 2013
Solid performances can't save the undercooked, shallow, overly simplistic screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
August 29, 2013
This directorial debut by Liz W. Garcia, a writer for television, bears some echoes of its creator's origins, going from deft to trite in its drama and setting up character arcs that feel sappily resolved within its feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 28, 2013
The fit's a little loose, but Bell reveals impressive range with this challenging role, helping to snap writer/director Liz W. Garcia out of the fog of absurdity she seems determine to remain in.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 30, 2013
The central character simply comes across as whiny and entitled instead of troubled and dark, and the central theme of getting your groove back by acting like a kid again has been done many times by much more talented filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 26, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] In spite of its ragged edges, "The Lifeguard" captures an essence of alienation in America whose future resembles a dark abyss, rather than anything bright.
Full Review | Original Score: C
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 3, 2013
Drama is short on story, long on illicit romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
Not even a checklist of indie film attributes can inject a sense of originality into this familiar narrative.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 30, 2013
With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again; The Lifeguard just proves that sometimes it's not the best course of action.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 28, 2013
a tale of arrested development that strains credulity to an overly literal soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 29, 2013
Apparently it's hard to be a grownup in today's crazy world without committing consequence-free statutory rape. Ugh.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
The movie's being billed in some quarters as a comedy, which is a hell of a stretch given that the plot expands to take in statutory rape and teen suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 30, 2013
The movie really depends on Bell, and her story, and neither is interesting or compelling enough to engage us.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
August 6, 2013
Even if it had the courage of its convictions, The Lifeguard would still be hampered by its commitment to cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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