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The Motel Life


Rated R for sexual content, language, some nudity, brief violent images, and drug references.

R In Theaters 11/8/2013 , 95min.
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New York Daily News
While this gritty indie is light on plot, the world of bars, casinos, hospitals and gallows humor is real and heartbreaking. Full Review
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
This well-crafted picture is a lovely work of true art, enhanced by terrific animated sequences illustrating Jerry Lee’s love of drawing cartoons and Frank’s ability to concoct tales of the brothers as heroic figures. Full Review
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter
The central performances by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff hold the film together with the intensity of their brotherly affection and support. Full Review
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. Full Review
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
The false notes are outnumbered by those that ring achingly true. Full Review

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