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

The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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Will McCord
Paste Magazine
October 26, 2012

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 | Original Score: 7.2/10
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
October 26, 2012

Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up
March 21, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Don Groves
February 26, 2013

An elliptical, often baffling relationships drama about trust and reconciliation

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

All of this grows tiresome.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 24, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Levin
October 27, 2012

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 15, 2013

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

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 15, 2013

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

Brian Orndorf
November 1, 2012

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 | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
October 21, 2012

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 | Original Score: D+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 26, 2012

...a challenging, audacious, yet ultimately unsuccessful cinematic experiment...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 25, 2012

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

Todd Jorgenson
December 10, 2012

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

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 2, 2012

Presumably taking its title from BBC Worldwide's "Lonely Planet" travel books,

Full Review | Original Score: B minus
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 31, 2012

Loktev and cinematographer Inti Briones have captured an otherworldly landscape with a paradoxical claustrophobia ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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