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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7

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  1. Apr 8, 2013
    9
    Beautifully shot by Garret Munden in black and white. Fantastic soundtrack by live bands (Little Death, O Children, Johnny Flynn) is almost a character in the film, along the wonderful Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Bright Star, Albert Nobbs) and Benn Northover (Harry Potter)
    In her first film, Alexandra McGuinness manages to capture the lives of hedonistic spoiled Londoners, their
    hopelessness, their confusion, their beauty, and their quest for eternal youth. In a few words, a subtle variation of the quest for identity for people in their 20s, on top of sex, drugs and rock'n roll. Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2013
    10
    This excellently photographed black and white movie introduces us to a glamorous world of young and beautiful jet-setters. The characters especially the sensitive and puzzling Alice, played by Antonia Campbell-Hughes, share with us the difficulty experienced by people in their 20s to find a meaning of their life, to find a way to leave this Lotus Eaters' idleness. The amazing soundtrack led by Johnny Flynn is the cherry on the cake. Great cast, great movie, a must-see! Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2013
    9
    McGuinness uses very amazing allegories throughout her movie. The ambiguity between the pace of the Lotus Eaters (quiet slow) and its dramatic events makes this movie a powerful and provocative one. The shots are incredible, not to mention the musics. Lotus Eaters is not simply about the "glamorous world of young and beautiful jet-setters." McGuinness introduces, subtly, layers to her story that are very much into philosophy.
    The allegory of the death of the horse and the car crash is a critical moment of tension that reflects the filmmaker's genius. Unfortunately, after this shot the movie ends...
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  4. Apr 9, 2013
    10
    Alexandra McGuinness' directorial debut is an enchanting and beautifully shot film set in today's London and Ireland. It follows the lives of a group of 20 something who are still trying to figure out what direction their lives should take. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack, Lotus Eaters is not to be missed!
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 12, 2013
    40
    McGuinness has a commendable grasp of visual textures and rhythms. It will be interesting to see what she does with a stronger story to tell. Here, reaching for dramatic effect, she comes up empty.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Apr 8, 2013
    50
    Less a succinct narrative than a meandering portrait of several ultra-rich, ultra-empty thirtysomethings who waste away their days with sex, drugs and ennui, the film offers a few decent performances captured with New Wave-style visuals, but is not quite the social exposé or melancholic drama it aims to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 8, 2013
    30
    Picture has some redeeming features, like its glossy, fashion-shoot-inspired black-and-white look, and a clutch of respectable performances among some very poor ones from the toothsome young cast, but the script is a mess, the characters barely sympathetic.