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Lonesome Jim Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
An unintentional parody of Sundance Hades circa 1996
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 24, 2006
One of those indie excursions to Loserville that lasts an hour and a half but feels longer than Roots.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 19, 2006
Manages to be bitter, dispiriting and utterly pointless all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 31, 2006
The supposed randomness takes on an artificial, movie quality -- precisely the thing that Cassavetes worked so hard to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
March 30, 2006
There's only so long you can watch this guy mope around without wanting to scream, 'Dude, what's your problem?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 6, 2006
(Casey) Affleck has the presence of a stump and the charisma of mold and Buscemi's deadpan direction only enhances his absence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 12, 2006
[T]his is an intriguing portrait of near-suicidal misery... until, ironically, it tries to lend Jim some hope.... [N]o one seems to know where to take things from there.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 21, 2006
Now that digital imagery (Buscemi's film is another InDigEnt production) is virtually indistinguishable from handheld celluloid, where's the 21st century's own nasty, truth-seeking front edge?
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 22, 2006
There's nothing for Jim to do but sulk in a local bar on the corner of Nowheresville and Stuckforlife.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 24, 2006
The real problem is its absolute absence of energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2006
Lonesome Jim -- despite its excellent cast, controlled direction and moody, well-judged atmospherics -- tends to alienate us, just as Affleck's Jim does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2006
Mr. Affleck is burdened with the difficult task of making moroseness seem interesting. He doesn't succeed, and neither does the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 14, 2006
While Lonesome Jim may be clinically acute, it is by its very nature dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 14, 2006
The biggest problem Buscemi has is that his central character has, by definition, very little distinct character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 5, 2006
The problem is that a little of this minimalist kitchen-sink farce goes a very long way, and after a while Lonesome Jim starts to dry up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 17, 2006
(Casey) Affleck is adequate as the lead, although I kept wondering how much lower Buscemi could take Jim.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
April 14, 2006
A lackluster film about a lackluster fellow, it's so beholden to deadpan, droopy, mopey blandness that the subject and the form become one, leaving the viewer numb and indifferent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
April 8, 2006
Everything from the film's washed out, grainy look to the dialogue rings false.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 3, 2006
As in 'Elizabethtown' and 'Jersey Girl,' the hero doesn't have to do anything but exist to attract the devoted attentions of a beautiful woman, a sexist fantasy of entitlement as insidious (if unacknowledged) as that found in an old Rat Pack movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 1, 2006
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
Cath Clarke
October 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2006
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