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LULLABY explores the power of life, its transformative moments, and reconnections between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours' time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum game to reclaim all that his illness stole from his family. A debate rages on patients' rights and what it truly means to be free. Jonathan reconciles with his father, reconnects with his mother (Archer), sister (Brown-Findlay), and his love… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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"A film like "Lullaby" should both enlighten and inspire debate. Instead, it feels simultaneously superficial and overbearing, albeit with a few moments that do indeed resonate."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"With the ever-expanding number of adults able to stay alive longer because of medical advancements, quality-of-life issues are top of mind for many folks. It's the way the filmmaker makes the point that is the problem."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Jenkins and Hedlund do great work here but it's the unnecessary supporting characters who undermine what could've been a strong drama."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"Lullaby gives a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of the disease and not just what it does to the body, but to the family as well."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Writer/director Andrew Levitas is clearly tackling very personal, heartfelt sentiments here, yet he chooses some of independent cinema's creakiest cliches to do so. That causes the bottom to fall out."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The digital photography is crummy, and the characters who most need to convince ... feel created out of whole cloth. Polyester cloth, at that."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A tortured weepie that can't quite figure out what sort of movie it is, "Lullaby" wears out its welcome fairly quickly."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"After about ten minutes of enduring this manipulative, seemingly-endless weeper you'll just wish he would go ahead and die already."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"Grim and grief-filled with little that's uplifting to redeem the prevailing mood of despair."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Culminating in the endurance of memories and hope for the future, "Lullaby" strikes an unforced, resonating chord. It is so much more than just a sad tale."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"The kind of manipulative, cliché-infested hokum that alienates moviegoers by its insistence on hogging all the tears."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard are wasted in tiny parts, as is Amy Adams as the lost love of the sulky rocker."
‑ Graham Fuller, New York Daily News
"Family reunites for dying dad in warm drama; some swearing."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"The effort eventually goes for the throat with its hysterical ending, and while the production aims to offer catharsis, it's best to use such overbearing manipulation as time to remember what Levitas gets right."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Garrett Hedlund's performance throbs with an anguish that's far more honest than the sentimental euthanasia subplot at the center of the film."
‑ Nick Prigge, Slant Magazine
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