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
Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact.
| Original Score: 2/4
This load of tediously existential nonsense from writer/director Julia Loktev has been bizarrely celebrated as a profound artistic and feminist (?) statement, but make no mistake: it's ridiculously wannabe-cerebral codswallop.
| Original Score: 2/5
An elliptical, often baffling relationships drama about trust and reconciliation
| Original Score: 2.5/5
All of this grows tiresome.
Somewhat unsatisfying in addressing the fallout of the central crisis or in suggesting much beyond some rather obvious conclusions about male aggression.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Curiosity triggers our interest at first, but eventually, the tedious nature of the drawn-out exposition is akin to watching grass grow
Although short stories usually make terrific source material for films, in this case the adaptation suggests that this is not one of those instances
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
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.
| Original Score: D+
...a challenging, audacious, yet ultimately unsuccessful cinematic experiment...
I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama.
Visuals and emotional core are too separate and too long to sustain the movie.
Loktev's persistent use of long takes with little dialogue renders it a repetitive exercise that's more pretentious than profound.
Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.
Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?
| Original Score: 1/4
Presumably taking its title from BBC Worldwide's "Lonely Planet" travel books,
| Original Score: B minus
Loktev and cinematographer Inti Briones have captured an otherworldly landscape with a paradoxical claustrophobia ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A relationship drama as radically bifurcated as Tropical Malady and as trenchantly insightful as Everyone Else.