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The Motel Life Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2014
Stephen Dorff excels as a luckless hobo in this bruised and booze-soaked adaptation of Willy Vlautin's 2007 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2014
Fans of indie cinema's mood-movie fringes, check in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 31, 2014
Powerful, moving and melancholy. A low-key treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2013
This debut film does establish a fragile mood that lingers like a morning fog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2013
In case you weren't aware, Dorff is actually a great actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 13, 2013
Alan Polsky and Gabriel Polsky propel the material in a way that can feel over-determined. But they grasp the eccentricities and desperation of fringe dwellers, and at its strongest their atmospheric film has the pull of a sad outlaw song.
November 8, 2013
We have seen many films about losers on the run, but in the directorial debut of former Chicago siblings Alan and Gabe Polsky, we get an intriguing new take on brotherly love not only gone wrong, but clearly hopeless from the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2013
This independent drama effectively captures the spirit of much contemporary fiction: the tone is at once precious and stark, and the narrative drifts from one episode to another (and from realism to fantasy) as though it were playing out in a dream.
November 8, 2013
It's occasionally pretentious but ultimately moving, at least for the miniscule audience that will turn out to see such a downer of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 8, 2013
Every frame feels right, every choice feels thought-out, considered. All adds up to a heartbreaking whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2013
...the simple fact is that it won us over with its refreshing quiet confidence in itself and the kind of film it wants to be - it's an assured debut by directors smart enough to make sure their reach never exceeds their grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 7, 2013
The story may be slight, but the performances and ambience resonate.
November 7, 2013
For all its melancholy and grey, snowy landscape, "The Motel Life" never feels totally hopeless ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
It's admirable and even memorable, in its moody fashion, thanks to Roman Vasyanov's richly textured cinematography-he's a shooter to keep our eyes on-and three affecting performances.
November 7, 2013
The Polskys are painting a portrait of life on the margins [in The Motel Life], of broken people redeemed at least partially by art.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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