The Motel Life Reviews

August 31, 2018
Too often veers from the road by misguided design.
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 4, 2014
The whole thing is deep-down conservative and wetter than a Labrador's kiss.
April 3, 2014
The film is heavy-going, unformed and self-indulgent, with characters who are neither sympathetic nor (crucially) interesting.
November 22, 2013
As the protagonists wallow in melancholy and despair, they drag helpless moviegoers in with them.
November 17, 2013
Love and loyalty often carry the day. But love and loyalty are not carrying the day now.
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.
November 8, 2013
As good as "The Motel Life" is for the actors, that's how bad it is for the viewer.
November 8, 2013
Hirsch and Dorff give it their all - as does the always-welcome Kris Kristofferson, as a boss and father figure to Frank - but they can't make up for the screenplay's shortcomings.
November 7, 2013
Fits snugly into the moody nook that film festivals save for forgettable downers with recognizable faces.
November 5, 2013
Recalling characters from a Bukowski novel or Tom Waits song but with less complexity, the brothers are endowed by their creators with little agency, not doing much except lamenting the sorry state of their lives.
November 5, 2013
The sparse poeticism of Portland author Willy Vlautin's debut novel, a sullen depiction of blue-collar American life, is gutted for this overdone film adaptation by directors Alan and Gabriel Polsy.