(2008)

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Metascore

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88
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.
88
Lymelife, set amid marital decay and teen frustration, isn't quite the "American Beauty" of the 516 area code, but it'll do.
75
Even when the drama gets overcooked, Lymelife sends off sparks.
75
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.
75
A charming if unoriginal coming-of-age story.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A period suburban rites-of-passage story with a pitch-perfect cast.
60
Funny and well-acted, but it's just shy of being compelling enough to be remembered.
58
Overworked if heartfelt indie.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
There's a whole lot of "American Beauty" and "The Ice Storm" packed into Lymelife.
40
Lymelife arrives with an impressive pedigree but, unfortunately, little originality.
38
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.

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