Lebanon, Pa.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Since the crux of the tale is a teenager's decision about an unwanted pregnancy, "Lebanon, Pa." can't possibly please everyone. But Hickernell doesn't strain to be provocative."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"Plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Starts off like a self-serious Garden State and ends up like a self-serious Juno."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"For the most part it's your classic character-driven movie - the antithesis of an "issue" drama - until a contentious issue surfaces that threatens to overwhelm the story."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Not perfect, but vastly superior to most of the Hollywood dreck we've been getting lately, Lebanon, Pa. is a thoughtful and perceptive film well worth recommending."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Kitson, who plays CJ, the mouthy, forthright teenager at the center of the storm, illuminates a movie that is otherwise so studiously balanced an examination of teenage pregnancy that it deserves a medal for evenhandedness."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An intriguing, beautiful film by a promising young director."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Cinematical
"Lebanon, PA is a beautiful film with powerful characters and a story you can really connect with in a way that won't make you feel gross or manipulated."
‑ Mark Bell, Film Threat
"As long as the pic remains rooted in a specific locale's rhythms, it imparts a sense of discovery; but when local color wears thin, bald ideological small-town/big-city oppositions intrude."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Displays the delicate touch of a sledgehammer on an old sidewalk."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"This is a plea for self-described indie filmmakers to stop utilizing hyper-polished technique to talk about human misery."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"A transitional time in the life of a 35-year-old ad agency executive when he has a chance to take a hard look at his life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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