Lemon (2017)

Isaac Lachmann has seen better days. His acting career is tanking, while his colleagues succeed; his blind girlfriend of 10 years plans to leave him; and his own family singles him out as a constant disappointment at their latest reunion.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 18, 2017
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times

Bravo and Gelman find a transcendent absurdity in the mundane that's awkwardly enchanting. It's more tart than sweet, but deliciously weird nonetheless.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

A hack sitcom-complete with lame jokes about talent agents and commercial auditions and an overbearing Jewish family composed mostly of character actors-trying its hardest and loudest to come off as freakish and off-putting.

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Lemon rolls a bunch of sequential scenes from start to finish, fruitless and unfortunate in its lack of any lasting effect.

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

One of the more original films in recent memory.

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Kyle Turner

Isaac's trashy identity -- including how the little world he lives in is punctuated by overwhelming choral music -- is like all the annoying sad-white-dude-in-an-indie tropes rolled into one absurd character. That's a good thing.

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Nick Schager
The Daily Beast

Beyond deadpan, beyond drollness, beyond absurdity, lies Lemon, a "comedy" so uniquely off-kilter that it's never exactly clear when, or why, one should laugh-and when one does, it often occurs long after a given gag.

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Emily Yoshida
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's the work of a filmmaker who has been honing her own jarring, idiosyncratic sense of rhythm and character for years. As a debut feature, it feels auspicious; as a snapshot of a masculine emergency, it feels timeless.

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Nick Allen

An instant classic that specifically feels like a product of 2017, the kind of bizarre culture treatise that could only come from fresh talent.

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Jason Ooi
The Film Stage

It's a strange beast, at once somewhat reductive towards the artistry involved in acting, but simultaneously a product of that very same struggle.

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