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R| 1 hr. 25 min.

Plot Summary
The hardscrabble lives of two brothers (Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff) reach a breaking point when one accidentally runs over and kills a bicycle rider.

Cast: Emile Hirsch , Stephen Dorff , Dakota Fanning , Kris Kristofferson , Shae D'Lyn , Joshua Leonard , Oren Skoog , Jenica Bergere

Directors: Alan Polsky , Gabe Polsky

Genres: Drama

The Motel Life (2013)

Release Date: November 8th, 2013|1 hr. 25 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hirsch opens his heart to the role. And Dorff, matching the depth of feeling he showed in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," excels at digging deep into Jerry Lee's pain. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    As good as The Motel Life is for the actors, that's how bad it is for the viewer. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's admirable and even memorable, in its moody fashion, thanks to Roman Vasyanov's richly textured cinematography — he's a shooter to keep our eyes on — and three affecting performances. show more

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