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The Lifeguard Reviews

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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
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2013
Although writer-director Liz W. Garcia's wistful, angsty tale treads familiar ground, the filmmaker has crafted a credibly flawed and conflicted heroine who holds interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 29, 2013
This sorrowful, achingly wise little drama has a lot to say about the dangers of hanging on to youth at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire.
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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
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 23, 2013
Drowning in self-pity is about as fun to watch as it sounds.
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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.