Wherever You Are (Lifelines)
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Wherever You Are (Lifelines)
"Lifelines" bristles with smart dialogue, complex characters, and heart wrenching performances. Set against the backdrop of suburban utopia, the Bernstein family leads a dysfunctional existence. With three foul-mouthed kids, a caffeine-addict mother on the brink, and a less than forthcoming father, they suffer an atmosphere so heavy with collective hostility and tension it seems as if the floral-papered walls will come crashing down at any minute. Forced to the breaking point, they concede to a family therapy session, where it quickly becomes clear that what's at stake is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Terrific performances rescue it, from Adams' wounded exhaustion to Pais's comical confusion and Walker's furious defiance, all hurled against Morton's patient 'listening' and advice."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Written and directed by Rob Margolies, Lifelines starts promisingly, but soon gives way to a compressed, schematic psychodrama endemic."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Although its really not much more than a 94 minute therapy session for the dysfunctional family from hell, this psycho-dramedy does have something going for it, with several nicely etched performances and some pungent scenes."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
"Lifelines pitches its tone of suburban purgatory early, with nerve-wrecked matriarch Nancy staring at the camera while sing-songy yearning for a rope to hang herself with."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"The story produces a gamut of emotions from comic to tragic. This film is touching and occasionally powerful. If one can get by the early negative characterizations, it eventually rewards the viewer."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Lifelines is an insufferably over-familiar take on angst in affluent suburbia."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Most of the movie is merely excruciating, until a late revelation elevates it into the realm of the sublimely ludicrous."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"A refreshingly honest, intelligent and captivating drama brimming with warmth, tenderness and razor-sharp humor."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Coming to grips with the sin of repression."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"...a surprising, downright gripping drama revolving around a seriously dysfunctional family."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Lifelines is a tiny movie, made for $385,000, but it strikes enough strange chords to make it resonate."
‑ , New York Post
"The film's befuddling direction and tone, queasy HD interiors, and tin-eared, often preposterous, screenplay prove disastrous."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"One of the most exquisite images on screen this year was the lovely face of the brilliantly talented Jane Adams, who plays the mother of a profoundly dysfunctional family."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"The first hour of "Lifelines" (AKA Wherever You Are) is as powerful as any movie I've seen in a long time."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A resoundingly affecting and emotionally cathartic family drama. Lingers and stirs in the memory long after the end credits have rolled."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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