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The Motel Life Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Zachary Wigon

    The Motel Life too often revisits the same emotions and sentiments, leaving us with a portrait that feels frustratingly simple.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Deborah Young

    The central performances by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff hold the film together with the intensity of their brotherly affection and support.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    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.

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