Lorelei

critic Reviews

, 88% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    Even the beats of Lorelei that feel manufactured connect because of the tenderness of the filmmaking and performances.
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    Tomris LafflyVariety
    Elevated by Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber, debut feature filmmaker Sabrina Doyle's tale of Americans on the fringe is compassionately textured even when it veers into cliché.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    The film is invested in accurately depicting the details of its character's lives, but its collection of studied impressions doesn't coalesce into a coherent final portrait.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    Malone... is outstanding as a woman who, in some sense, has been in a prison of her own the past 15 years, waiting for that break in life that may never come.
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    Jon FroschHollywood Reporter
    An uneven blue-collar melodrama lifted by its leads.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Fumblingly, Lorelei manages to escape predictability, with Doyle allowing everyone their dignity as she goes for an upbeat finale.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    In the end Lorelei emerges as a flawed but deeply felt piece of humanistic cinema, heart-tugging without sticky sentimentality.
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    Maria LattilaThe Digital Fix
    Lorelei's moving depiction of hope, affection and its firm belief in second, third, maybe even fourth chances in life are enough to make your heart soar.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    It's a well-acted portrait of forgiveness, trust, and how emotional stakes can be high when people with troubled pasts are given a chance at redemption ... [It's] a meaningful story showing that family is not what you're born into but what you make of it.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    Lorelei could easily have fallen into stereotypes, but director Sabrina Doyle avoids poverty porn to provide an authentic portrait of people struggling to keep their heads above water.
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