Lymelife (2008)

A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lymelife features sharp performances, but the story lacks the emotional depth or focus worthy of its talented cast.

Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle

At no point did I feel bored or condescended to, and even though the ending may be overwrought, it had me gripping my chair.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The offbeat Lymelife is so clearly leeching off other suburban-dysfunction films that it could have been titled The Lice Storm.

Caryn James
Marie Claire

As a girl just beginning to recognize her sexual power, [Emma] Roberts moves one step closer to adult stardom.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Solid, but forgettable.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

Even in its darkest moments there are flashes of warm comedy and gentle farce that lend the story considerable credibility and charm.

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Beth Accomando

Lymelife captures the look and feel of a very specific era in American life.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Another film that looks back at late seventies' suburbia with a mixture of tenderness and condescension.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Overall the film feels like The Ice Storm or American Beauty on training wheels, but Martini's next efforts could be well worth watching.

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Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly

Shaky in spots, but rewarding overall.

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