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  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Hickernell's film aesthetic is straightforward, narrative-driven. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Lebanon, Pa. is a few strong moments of storytelling lost in a sea of indie cliche. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    In the avalanche of junk about aliens, alternate universes, digital effects and comic-book superheroes, it is a rare treat to see a sweet, low-budget film about real people that is as ingratiating as Lebanon, Pa. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This mild drama plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned. show more

  • 40
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    The culture wars may be simmering throughout writer-director Ben Hickernell's script-the Save the Whales and pro-choice bumper stickers on Will's VW invite a brutal barfly beatdown-but the real casualties are momentum and narrative cohesion. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    If Lebanon, Pa. is a tidy little indie with steady acting, it is too politically self-aware to transcend its well-mannered sense of fairness. But the performances by Ms. Kitson and Ms. Hurt give it spritzes of energy. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Lebanon, Pa. begins as a tale about male, middle-aged self-discovery, but soon becomes something quite different: a clear-eyed if crassly manipulative take on the culture wars. show more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club

    The turns the film takes toward the end do offer a few surprises, particularly in the form of redemption for the waffling hero-not in running after the ones he loves, but in standing by them when they need him. show more

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