The Motel Life Synopsis
The Motel Life explores the intense bond between two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada.
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RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
The directors and the cast, through a miracle of tone, mood, and emotion, have made a film that feels true, that is sweet and sharp and...
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83

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, or revolutionize the genre, it achieves its modest ambitions affectingly well, in no small part due to...
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80

Empire

By David Hughes
Powerful, moving and melancholy. A low-key treat.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Unlike most pictures about people living on the fringe, The Motel Life is never drab or depressing.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hirsch opens his heart to the role. And Dorff, matching the depth of feeling he showed in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," excels at digging...
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75

Portland Oregonian

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Hirsch gives a finely tuned performance, almost absent of technique or self-consciousness, which dovetails nicely with Dorff's more...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
The central performances by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff hold the film together with the intensity of their brotherly affection and...
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70

Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
The false notes are outnumbered by those that ring achingly true.
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40

Village Voice

By 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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Rated R | For Language, Drug References, Brief Violent Images, Sexual Content and Some Nudity