• Unrated, 1 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kelly Reichardt
    In Theaters:
    Aug 25, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2007
  • Kino International


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Old Joy Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

Old Joy is a weaker effort than Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy, sure, but still a key early step in the career of this impressive filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 15, 2013
Josh Larsen

Interesting, but hardly the lo-fi triumph its reputation suggests.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2011
Rob Gonsalves

There are no big revelatory moments. There's no cliched conflict. But don't make the mistake of then assuming that Old Joy has no drama.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 6, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

With exquisite tenderness and delicacy, Old Joy fluidly captures the all-too-frequent occurrence of friends drifting apart as their lives branch off in different directions.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 79/100

September 18, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is like a haiku that one can only interpret through their own experience.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

July 30, 2008
Karina Longworth

A subtle, elegant meditation on friendship and identity in a cultural moment where honest cultivation of either is treated like a luxury.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

February 1, 2008
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Old Joy may be built around a road trip, but it's also a movie about two roads -- and two souls -- diverging.

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

March 15, 2007
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Reichardt's low-budget feature, shot in one weekend with a skeleton crew, quietly observes both men and passes judgment on neither. It's a minimalist masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 9, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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You may find yourself asking whether anything's going to happen. But for those who can tolerate a slow-brewing movie, [director] Reichardt's work provides sufficient rewards.

| Original Score: B

March 9, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Subdued, artistic, with beautifully nuanced performances that are as true as they are often elusive of commercial triumph.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2007
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There are whispers of bigger themes present -- the changing nature of friendship, the co-opting of '90s "alternative" culture into the mainstream -- but, for the most part, much of what you get out of the film depends what you bring to it.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 4/4

February 23, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A minimalist piece to be savoured like a good short story.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 28, 2007
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday

Like a Raymond Carver story, it seems nothing much at first sight, but its crystallised moment reveals further dimensions the more you muse on it.

Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday

January 28, 2007
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

A surprising denouement provides poignancy, repaying the goodwill the film inspires through its mellow combinations of music and imagery.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 4/5

January 28, 2007
Derek Malcolm
This is London

You would be perfectly at liberty to find it boring and empty, but also to understand the tiny resonances that have made it one of the best reviewed films of 2006 in America. Somehow it does strike home.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2007
Kevin Harley
Total Film

Too slight to really haunt, but its subtlety is as treasurable as an old friend.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2007
Steve Rose

A spare and satisfying experience.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2007
Leigh Singer

An unassuming, minimalist gem that shows how less can be much, much more.

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

January 26, 2007
Tom Dawson

Notable for its visual beauty, its melancholic Yo La Tengo score and its subtle performances, it's an impressively understated and sensitively observed work.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 26, 2007
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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Such watchful reticence takes a bold, confident filmmaker.

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

January 26, 2007
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
John Powers
October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 17, 2007

Irish Times

January 26, 2007
Amy Taubin
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 23, 2006
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