• Unrated, 1 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kelly Reichardt
    In Theaters:
    Aug 25, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2007
  • Kino International
  • Old Joy
    2 minutes 21 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Old Joy Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Some movies say a lot by saying little; Old Joy seems content to just stay quiet.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 2, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

To my mind, there was a lot of wasted time -- repetitive shots of scenery from a moving car that felt more like padding than "atmosphere," as if the movie makers had to create a feature length for a project that just as easily and perhaps more effect

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

September 23, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Old Joy is as dull and doomed as the men's friendship.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 30, 2006
Mark R. Leeper

Even as a short film, OLD JOY drags and feels padded.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

August 31, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Only the alt-country score by Yo La Tengo makes any of this bearable.

| Original Score: 1/4

September 20, 2006
Cole Smithey

Annoying, blank, and bereft of any narrative arc "Old Joy" has nothing familiar or enchanting to recommend it.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

April 21, 2009
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Kelly Reichardt's minimalist buddy film about two former roommates on an overnight camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains features some of the year's most beautiful scenery and two of its most wooden characters.

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

September 22, 2006
Franny French

What results from all the lack of talk is so underdeveloped and reed thin as to be ungraspable.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

A monster movie where the monster doesn't show up. zzzzzzzzz..

| Original Score: 1.5/5

September 30, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Let us say simply that Ms. Reichardt's brand of minimalism leaves me truly joyless.

October 11, 2006
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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It plays for a scant 73 minutes, but if feels as long as a Wagner opera.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

November 30, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Though it's well-intentioned and runs barely more than an hour, this slowly paced character study gets tiresome in a hurry.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A minimalist stroll not worth taking...but if Old Joy doesn't do much, at least it doesn't do it for very long.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

May 1, 2007
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
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
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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The movie's scale is minuscule, but the physical and emotional landscapes it travels are as broad, deep and mysterious as the human psyche itself.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 12, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Old Joy, a reticent, delicate film, is riveting because not much happens.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 13, 2007
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
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

Strangely affecting given how little heft there is to it, but it does raise the question: At what point does minimalism begin to seem just plain stubborn?

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 21, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Carefully accumulates and juxtaposes details to form an interconnected web of loneliness, regret, and longing for happier times gone by.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 14, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
John Powers
October 18, 2008
Amy Taubin
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 23, 2006

Irish Times

January 26, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 17, 2007
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