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


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The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Though the film moves as slowly as its hikers, it demands, and deserves, to be watched closely.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 25, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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The Loneliest Planet does have a quiet power, which is amplified by the movie's rugged landscape.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 25, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Visuals and emotional core are too separate and too long to sustain the movie.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 25, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The film delivers in unexpected ways, and then ponders what it means.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 25, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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In extending a short story to feature length without embellishing it-at least in the plotting-Loktev suffuses the film with the kind of intimate, microscopic detail and observation that's more common to literature than cinema.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

October 25, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Every scene shift contributes vital information about what it means to guide or be guided over foreign territory, both emotional and physical.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

October 24, 2012
Alison Willmore

The Loneliest Planet was made with an intoxicating and precise faith in the ability of images to convey feelings that words would be too clumsy and blunt to appropriately delineate.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 9.5/10

October 24, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 24, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
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If you are willing to subject yourself to an experience that is outside the norm of what a traditional movie is supposed to do, then you may come away with fertile soil for some fruitful discussion.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B

October 24, 2012
Eric Kohn

Hardly an indolent director, Loktev has much to say about a couple suffering from the inability to say much of anything.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: A-

October 24, 2012
Tim Grierson
Screen International

The title is a play on those Lonely Planet travel guides, but it's also a fair description of the desolate space in which each of the movie's three characters resides.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 24, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Adjust to the deliberate rhythms of this hiking movie-set on the lush slopes of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains-and the psychological payoff stings like a blister.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

October 23, 2012
Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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[A] slow-burning, distinctive second feature from Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/director Julia Loktev.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 22, 2012
Cole Smithey

Too much a student of the Gus Van Sant school of minimalist filmmaking - think "Gerry" - Julia Loktev manages a travelogue romantic drama that is overwrought and yet undercooked.

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

October 21, 2012
Harvey S. Karten

A slow-moving, minimalist film with gorgeous photography which features a sudden event, a coup de theatre, that could end a romantic relationship

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

October 11, 2012
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Julia Loktev's marvelous, slow-burning follow-up to her minimalist thriller Day Night Day Night somehow manages to be both audacious and subtle.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2012
Kent Turner

The direction is so studied, so understatedly deliberate, that if you turn away at the wrong moment, you'll miss the volatile turning point.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Loktev's staging of the crucial moment is expert; her look at the aftermath is poignant and nuanced, culminating in a nocturnal sequence that condenses a world of bitter and incommensurable experience into a single shot.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 2, 2011
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

All movies engage your eyes and ears by their very nature, but The Loneliest Planet adds a third dominant sense to the equation. How many movies can you feel on your skin?

Full Review Source: Film Experience | Original Score: B+

September 26, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Somewhat unsatisfying in addressing the fallout of the central crisis or in suggesting much beyond some rather obvious conclusions about male aggression.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 24, 2011
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