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The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
You have to see The Loneliest Planet, for it is one of those works that prepares you for life, that make you wary, alive and responsible, and which ... well, you'll never forget it.
April 12, 2013
Writer/director Julia Loktev, a New York filmmaker born in Russia, skilfully uses stillness and the vastness of the Caucasus Mountains to frame her trio of characters in psychological quicksand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
April 7, 2013
Frankly, I've greatly enjoyed discussing the film, whereas I merely tolerated the experience of actually watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 24, 2013
Audiences used to actively engaging with cinema will find much to relish about The Loneliest Planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
March 24, 2013
Scoring a popular hit on the film festival circuit, director Julia Loktev elicits superb performances from a minimal cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
March 21, 2013
...simmering just beneath its quiet, beautiful surface are endless questions to do with relationships and trust, and how they're tied to our expectations regarding masculinity.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 16, 2013
An exceptionally thorny and pleasing little behavioral study.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2013
This is one of those films where very little happens very slowly, but there are a couple of dramatic scenes which change the complexion of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 8, 2012
With Brontes' camera sometimes right up in their faces, the actors create an intense intimacy that's a thrill to experience. They also share a palpable sexual chemistry that fires up this drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2012
An intriguing film, that has a sense of poignancy, sparse dialogue and offers a deep suspicion of love if it's untested.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 15, 2012
The languid, observational style of director Julia Loktev will frustrate those expecting stuff to, like, happen more, but it has its real rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Nothing hurts quite as much as self-doubt, and The Loneliest Planet is carpeted in it.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 10, 2012
It's alive; it requires active participation and curiosity; and it speaks eloquently to the best possibilities of film as a medium for conversation and reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
November 9, 2012
A relationship drama as radically bifurcated as Tropical Malady and as trenchantly insightful as Everyone Else.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 9, 2012
You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
November 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: A
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 2, 2012
Julia Loktev has created a beautiful, haunting and ultimately disturbing film that poses difficult questions for the viewer to answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2012
It's not for everyone, but if you're up for a challenge, this odd and mysterious film is worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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