• Unrated, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Julia Loktev
    In Theaters:
    Oct 26, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 26, 2013
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The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I wouldn't say that I find the movie satisfying, but I do find it powerfully haunting. That's a compliment. To be haunted by art is a better thing than to be satisfied by it.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: A

November 2, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Presumably taking its title from BBC Worldwide's "Lonely Planet" travel books,

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B minus

November 2, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

Julia Loktev has created a beautiful, haunting and ultimately disturbing film that poses difficult questions for the viewer to answer.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2012
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.

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

November 2, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

November 1, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 1, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 1, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's not for everyone, but if you're up for a challenge, this odd and mysterious film is worth the effort.

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

November 1, 2012
Brian Orndorf

In desperate need of a tighter edit and a pronounced human touch. Its intentional paralysis is unrewarding and, by the second half, completely insufferable.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

November 1, 2012
Matt Pais

Loktev's steady direction and the actors' quiet performances shadow a wide spectrum of shame and disappointment that echoes after the story ends.

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

November 1, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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All of this grows tiresome.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2012
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

Loktev and cinematographer Inti Briones have captured an otherworldly landscape with a paradoxical claustrophobia ...

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2012
Robert Levin

The characters are kept at such a distance, and the movie is so opposed to basic dramatic impulses, that it's like watching a stranger's vacation footage.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 27, 2012
Will McCord
Paste Magazine

Sure, Loktev is exploring some interesting issues, including the definition of masculinity and what a modern woman expects from a man in a relationship, but one wishes for a bit more to chew on.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.2/10

October 26, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The Loneliest Planet is not a perfect work of art, but it gets at something powerful: the way that life can turn us around in a flash, without warning.

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

October 26, 2012
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Director Julia Loktev finds accomplished simplicity, a rare quality in the early work of any director.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 26, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a challenging, audacious, yet ultimately unsuccessful cinematic experiment...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

October 26, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact.

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

October 26, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Shot on location by cinematographer Inti Briones, "Planet" is a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 25, 2012
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