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The Lifeguard


Rated R for strong sexuality, brief graphic nudity, drug use, language and a disturbing image - some involving teens.

R In Theaters 08/30/2013 , 98min.
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December 10, 2013
Great movie!

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
The film heroically stretches out its governing water metaphor to a point that allows it to best Garden State's Guinness World Record for most incessant navel-gazing. Full Review
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
This drama is as listless and self-regarding as its protagonist, flitting among underdeveloped characters and subplots and indulging in rote emo shots by the pool, yet never figuring out how to dive into the deep end. Full Review
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
The Lifeguard is a watchable, emotionally redolent trip down one woman's memory lane. Full Review
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The A.V. Club
Like its lead character, The Lifeguard is stuck in a rut. After establishing Bell’s frustration within the first five minutes, the movie continually reiterates it. Full Review

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