• 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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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
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

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.

Full Review Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2013
Don Groves

An elliptical, often baffling relationships drama about trust and reconciliation

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 26, 2013
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
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
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Curiosity triggers our interest at first, but eventually, the tedious nature of the drawn-out exposition is akin to watching grass grow

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 15, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Although short stories usually make terrific source material for films, in this case the adaptation suggests that this is not one of those instances

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 15, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
Todd Jorgenson

Loktev's persistent use of long takes with little dialogue renders it a repetitive exercise that's more pretentious than profound.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

December 10, 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
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
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
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

A relationship drama as radically bifurcated as Tropical Malady and as trenchantly insightful as Everyone Else.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago

November 9, 2012
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