• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Steve Buscemi
  • In Theaters:    Mar 24, 2006 Limited
  • On DVD:    Aug 9, 2006
  • IFC Films

Lonesome Jim Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009

An unintentional parody of Sundance Hades circa 1996

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009

"Lonesome Jim" is an earnest and modest 'little independent' movie that charms by way of its understated underachieving characters.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Mottram
Film4
April 11, 2008

Minimalist, moody and morose, Lonesome Jim is a minor gem.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nev Pierce
Total Film
April 11, 2008

The world would be a better place if Steve Buscemi made more movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
April 11, 2008

Steve Buscemi's third film as a director is a low key affair delivered with a wry sense of humour.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 11, 2008

It's poignant, quietly life-affirming little story that doesn't need to shout. Lonesome Jim's good company.


Time Out
Top Critic
April 11, 2008

Though this clash of picket-fenced, down-home values and big city oafishness was handled with a little more delicacy in 2005's superb 'Junebug', Buscemi's film has lots to say about this fruitful dynamic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
September 17, 2007

Has great relevance to the lost adultolescent generation of today ... but it also flounders in its commonplace and too-familiar concept.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
Weekly Press
June 16, 2007

A depressing illustration of how even Middle America has ended up marginalized and rudderless in the wake of outsourcing, downsizing and globalization.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

As the credits started to roll, I came to a pleasant and all-too-rare moviegoing realization: The smile that had crept across my face during the very first scene had never left.

Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 2, 2006

Its title character is such a lifeless loser, you wish Moonstruck's Cher was around to slap him hard and yell, 'Snap out of it!'

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
May 26, 2006

"Lonesome Jim" is worth checking out, if nothing else for the performances and Buscemi's idiosyncratic sense of irony.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 19, 2006

Too many movies offer cardboard cutouts of even their primaries, but Jim delivers honest, three-dimensional portraits of each of the major players.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
May 19, 2006

Manages to be bitter, dispiriting and utterly pointless all at once.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 19, 2006

Helped by the precise details of small-town life and laughs generated by circumstances almost everyone can relate to, Lonesome Jim is gratifying because of its nearly cheerful depiction of sorrow, not in spite of it.

| Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 19, 2006

Fancies itself a black comedy, but there's only one joke, and it's that dark-cloud-over- Jim's-head thing -- and it wears thin fast.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
May 19, 2006

It all feels very slight.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2006

... the story of Percyesque ex-suicide, a parable about how embracing childish things can be part of growing up.

Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
May 12, 2006

Affleck plays this as a one-note turn, all dour. What a life-force like Anika would see in him is a mystery.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 10, 2006

Affleck makes a perfectly downcast lightning rod for the ennui-ridden goings-on, and as a director, Buscemi totally gets the defeatist beats of James C. Strouse's script.

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