The Motel Life Reviews

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April 10, 2019
The Motel Life feels a little too down-in-the-dumps for its own good at times, but sparks of energy supplied by Hirsch and Dorff illuminate an otherwise dreary film.
August 31, 2018
Too often veers from the road by misguided design.
August 10, 2018
As a mood piece it works extremely well.
January 1, 2018
The film is more downbeat than tense, interweaves animation sequences, and perhaps worked better in the original novel.
May 30, 2014
A pedestrian, undeveloped indie clunker, its failure as a complete, satisfying story especially disappointing since the sibling relationship at its center could have been special with a better script.
April 16, 2014
Watching The Motel Life, I felt that I was in the hands of someone capable of making a great film.
April 10, 2014
There's definitely a niche audience out there that will love The Motel Life; and this is a film that deserves to be loved.
April 4, 2014
The whole thing is deep-down conservative and wetter than a Labrador's kiss.
April 4, 2014
The rambling plot may resemble a lyric from a mawkish country song but the film-makers bring an engaging mix of tenderness and grit to the downbeat material.
April 3, 2014
The film is heavy-going, unformed and self-indulgent, with characters who are neither sympathetic nor (crucially) interesting.
April 3, 2014
Stephen Dorff excels as a luckless hobo in this bruised and booze-soaked adaptation of Willy Vlautin's 2007 novel.
April 2, 2014
Fans of indie cinema's mood-movie fringes, check in.
March 31, 2014
Powerful, moving and melancholy. A low-key treat.
December 2, 2013
This debut film does establish a fragile mood that lingers like a morning fog.
November 22, 2013
As the protagonists wallow in melancholy and despair, they drag helpless moviegoers in with them.
November 21, 2013
In case you weren't aware, Dorff is actually a great actor.
November 17, 2013
Love and loyalty often carry the day. But love and loyalty are not carrying the day now.
November 15, 2013
Sensitive lensing and acting render an unusual story of brotherly love touching in a promising first film.
November 14, 2013
A bruised, purple plum of a drama that mostly connects as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and belief that life offers no better circumstances beyond just day-to-day subsistence.
November 13, 2013
More of an actors' showcase for Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch to get in some sharp practice than a cogent drama, "The Motel Life" is a warts-and-all indie effort that comes up short.
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