The Lifeguard
The Lifeguard (2013)

Leigh, almost 30, is living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into high school life. Picking up right where her teen… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila O'Malley

"The Lifeguard" is hemmed in by vagueness and cliche, and nearly ruined by its soundtrack, an insistent barrage of thematically obvious alt-radio music cues.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The movie really depends on Bell, and her story, and neither is interesting or compelling enough to engage us.

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Drama is short on story, long on illicit romance.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Although writer-director Liz W. Garcia's wistful, angsty tale treads familiar ground, the filmmaker has crafted a credibly flawed and conflicted heroine who holds interest.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

This directorial debut by Liz W. Garcia, a writer for television, bears some echoes of its creator's origins, going from deft to trite in its drama and setting up character arcs that feel sappily resolved within its feature length.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

A strikingly realistic approach lifts this comedy-drama above the fray, combining skilful writing and direction with transparent performances that reveal the characters' internal struggles.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The central character simply comes across as whiny and entitled instead of troubled and dark, and the central theme of getting your groove back by acting like a kid again has been done many times by much more talented filmmakers.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie's being billed in some quarters as a comedy, which is a hell of a stretch given that the plot expands to take in statutory rape and teen suicide.

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Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

The writer/director stifles any actual feeling with thudding, heavily-underlined subtext-as-text dialogue and an overreliance on indie rock scored musical montages

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The central character, Leigh (Bell), is a selfish, disgusting, pedophilic person whose narrative isn't all that interesting or valid. She says she's… More
Dann Michalski
Kristen Bell headlines the deplorable indie film The Lifeguard. A depressed and disaffected New York City reporter returns to her home town where she reverts… More
Manu Gino
This Summer Growing Up is Optional. Good movie! The film is only exiting and exhilarating if you know before hand what Statutory Rape is and what are the… More
Glenn Gaylord
Liz W. Garcia has something on her mind, and with her feature debut, THE LIFEGUARD, she gently doles it out in this quiet, sweet, heartbreaking look at messing… More
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three stars
Christopher Haskell
Who doesn't wonder what it would be like to step back into the days of high school? The days before careers and serious relationships toiled our every day… More