An 1970s New Jersey a teen (Rory Culkin) longs to date a pretty friend while the marriage of his dysfunctional parents crumbles and his brother prepares to go to war.
" Across the board, the performances, in particular Jill Hennessy, are very impressive. "
" At no point did I feel bored or condescended to, and even though the ending may be overwrought, it had me gripping my chair. "
" Despite the familiar themes, the movie maintains its originality through its specificity. "
" Even in its darkest moments there are flashes of warm comedy and gentle farce that lend the story considerable credibility and charm. "
" It's a family drama that treads on well-worn middle-class territory but is redeemed by the complexity of the characters and the intriguing ambiguity of their actions. "
" Lymelife doesn't have the sheer power of "The Ice Storm," but it's not just another recycling of suburban angst. By allowing their characters complexity, the Martinis spill open those tiny model homes as thoroughly as a dropped Monopoly game. "
" Lymelife offers charm and humor through its young central characters and pathos through its remarkable supporting cast, without pulling punches on its overall atmosphere of autumnal darkness and anomie. "
" Lymelife, directed by first-timer Derick Martini and produced by Martin Scorsese, balances grimness and levity with relative success. "
" Overall the film feels like The Ice Storm or American Beauty on training wheels, but Martini's next efforts could be well worth watching. "
" Rory Culkin does more than hold his own in this high-powered cast. He shows the angst of a teenage boy, but also the resilience. There is a sweetness to this film that keeps the darkness at bay. "
" Solid performances combine with a sense of warm naturalism to make for engaging, memorable drama. "
" Solid, but forgettable. "
" Thanks to a strong ensemble cast, it's poignant and funny. "
" The cast is ferociously good, bringing an edgy unpredictability to familiar scenarios of infidelity, alienation, and betrayal. "
" The players dazzle, but co-writer-director Martini has attrracted this cast with chewy roles and a sharp metaphor, a disease that tears down the veneer of normality. "
" This is a film that really builds to these awkward, uncomfortable places naturally, organically. "
" Another film that looks back at late seventies' suburbia with a mixture of tenderness and condescension. "
" Like so many of these farm-raised films, this one looks polished, but takes no risks, offers no surprises, and contains a final sequence that's laughable for its lack of courage. "
" The dysfunctional suburban family drama has become so ubiquitous that the genre has lost all impact. "
" The offbeat Lymelife is so clearly leeching off other suburban-dysfunction films that it could have been titled The Lice Storm. "
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