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.
| Original Score: A
Presumably taking its title from BBC Worldwide's "Lonely Planet" travel books,
| Original Score: B minus
Julia Loktev has created a beautiful, haunting and ultimately disturbing film that poses difficult questions for the viewer to answer.
| Original Score: 3/4
Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?
| Original Score: 1/4
Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama.
It's not for everyone, but if you're up for a challenge, this odd and mysterious film is worth the effort.
In desperate need of a tighter edit and a pronounced human touch. Its intentional paralysis is unrewarding and, by the second half, completely insufferable.
| Original Score: C
Loktev's steady direction and the actors' quiet performances shadow a wide spectrum of shame and disappointment that echoes after the story ends.
All of this grows tiresome.
Loktev and cinematographer Inti Briones have captured an otherworldly landscape with a paradoxical claustrophobia ...
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 7.2/10
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.
| Original Score: B+
Director Julia Loktev finds accomplished simplicity, a rare quality in the early work of any director.
...a challenging, audacious, yet ultimately unsuccessful cinematic experiment...
Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.
| Original Score: 3.5/5