• 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

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 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
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
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 6, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A slight, but amusing and occasionally touching, dark comedy about depression and dysfunction that percolates with indie film hipness.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

April 20, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The biggest problem Buscemi has is that his central character has, by definition, very little distinct character.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

April 14, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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While Lonesome Jim may be clinically acute, it is by its very nature dramatically inert.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 14, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It is packed with delightfully silly vignettes that had me squirming in my seat with laughter.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The script is adroit: It doesn't force the humor, and it steadily keeps track of Jim's growing maturity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 13, 2006
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Sweet and darkly funny for most of its 91 minutes, it falters only in a dawdling final stretch.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Jim's characters may grow on you after a slow setup and, like a hot plate of grits, may stick with you.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2006
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Affleck is burdened with the difficult task of making moroseness seem interesting. He doesn't succeed, and neither does the movie.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

April 7, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nothing in this well-intentioned but lifeless indie draws the hard laughter that comes from creating characters that somehow get to you.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Strouse] has written a forlorn and poetic story, and Buscemi has made it into a movie about taking a deep breath and deciding to stop being a mope.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2006
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Screenwriter James C. Strouse (in whose hometown the film was shot) provides so few clues to the source of Jim's malaise, or that of his entire sad-sack family, that the movie remains rudderless and not the least bit believable.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 30, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Steve Buscemi's a very good director.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 28, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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If Lonesome Jim feels like it's perpetually on the verge of evaporating, Buscemi brings to the material the boundless empathy for misfits and screw-ups he displayed in Trees Lounge.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 24, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Indie moviegoers have met slackers like Jim before, but he's still good company. The laughs are frequent while the emotions ring true.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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One of those indie excursions to Loserville that lasts an hour and a half but feels longer than Roots.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 24, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The real problem is its absolute absence of energy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 24, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Though Affleck does his best to humanize his one-note character, he's stuck in a script by first-time screenwriter James Strouse that works in broad strokes and trite moments.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

March 23, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The 27-year-old protagonist of Steve Buscemi's deadpan comedy Lonesome Jim lives out the worst nightmare of every bushy-tailed go-getter who moves to New York to Be Somebody (in his case, a writer) and fails miserably.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Affleck is simply too clean-cut for the role.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

March 23, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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There's nothing for Jim to do but sulk in a local bar on the corner of Nowheresville and Stuckforlife.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

March 22, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 21, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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I can't recall having a better time at a movie about depression.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Refreshingly, there's more lethargy than awakening here...

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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There's a slightness to the mildly eccentric material here that leaves the whole enterprise in danger of fluttering away.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 2, 2005
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