• Released
  • August 30, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 27 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: On the verge of her 30th birthday, Leigh (Kristen Bell) leaves her busy life and job in New York City behind for her parents suburban home. Taking her old summer job as a lifeguard, she falls into her teenage life: hanging out, partying in the woods, and coming home late, leading to a dangerous affair that threatens to tear lives apart.

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70

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
The Lifeguard is a watchable, emotionally redolent trip down one woman's memory lane.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The Lifeguard is one of those deceptive movies that, to its credit, winds up being about more than just an easy-to-describe tagline. In...
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50

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
Bell is too inherently sympathetic to turn Leigh into a credibly flawed protagonist, and first-time writer-director Liz W. Garcia seems...
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50

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
It's not the most original of concepts, and writer-director Liz W. Garcia struggles with the tone throughout, but The Lifeguard is often...
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42

The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Like its lead character, The Lifeguard is stuck in a rut. After establishing Bell’s frustration within the first five minutes, the movie...
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40

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
This directorial debut by Liz W. Garcia, a writer for television, bears some echoes of its creator’s origins, going from deft to trite in...
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Writer-director Liz W. Garcia depicts Leigh’s quandary with a heavy hand that gets heavier as the movie goes on, ending with one of those...
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
Surprisingly for a writer turned director, the most evident shortcomings with Garcia’s feature originate with the script. With barely any...
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30

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Lambert brings a forlorn dimension to his seductive young role, but Bell never really convinces as the older woman. Despite flirting with...
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20

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire.
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Rated R | For for strong sexuality, brief graphic nudity, drug use, language and a disturbing image - some involving teens
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 17 & under Drama is short on story, long on illicit romance.
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