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

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Lonesome Jim Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

An unintentional parody of Sundance Hades circa 1996

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

April 20, 2009

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2008
Nev Pierce
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2008
Paul Arendt
BBC.com

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

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

April 11, 2008

Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

April 11, 2008
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical

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

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 17, 2007
Kam Williams
Weekly Press

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

Full Review Source: Weekly Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2007
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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 Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 4/10

June 2, 2006
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca

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

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

May 26, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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 Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Manages to be bitter, dispiriting and utterly pointless all at once.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 19, 2006
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

May 19, 2006
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

May 19, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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It all feels very slight.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 19, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

May 19, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2006
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

May 10, 2006
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