• R, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kelly Reichardt
    In Theaters:
    May 22, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 5, 2009
  • Oscilloscope Pictures


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Wendy and Lucy Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

The final scenes will tear your heart out, but perhaps not in the way you expect.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 15, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Wendy and Lucy is the blues, pure and simple.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Nick Rogers

The film ends on a devastating farewell, but also imparts important empathy to Wendy: Although she's at the bottom of the barrel, there are those still inescapably trapped beneath its weight. This is the downbeat, dejected truth of pure pennilessness.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 2, 2010

The pace of real life is the rhythm that drives Reichardt's beautifully minimalist film.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 8.8/10

June 13, 2010
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Kelly Reichardt spends the 75 minutes of Wendy and Lucy weaving an intimate, narrowly focused story of unanchored life on the road and just how tenuous such an existence is.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

Bruises while barely raising its voice

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Dan Lybarger

If Wendy and Lucy isn't the most dynamic movie around, at least its tone and approach are sure-footed and appropriate.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2009
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Wendy and Lucy gets under your nails, which is to say, it's the stuff of life.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: A+

April 30, 2009

Director co-writer Kelly Reichardt ... has fashioned a cautionary tale for the ages.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 19, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an American Bicycle Thief, a simple, powerful film about the oppressive indignity of being poor in a wealthy country.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 91/100

April 17, 2009
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is not a saccharine, Marley & Me-type tale, but a wrenchingly ordinary story, emotionally manipulative in its own way -- I know my heart was in my throat -- about poverty in the land of plenty.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 9, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A year from now it won't be a blip on my conscious mind. If someone mentions it to me, it'll register as 'oh, yeah, that depressing movie about the woman and her dog.'

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2009
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

[Williams] doesn't have to say much to convey the deep wells of hurt that Wendy's carrying around, and they're all the more poignant for remaining unspoken.

Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney | Original Score: 4/6

March 27, 2009
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

For thoughtful filmgoers, this is a very timely and affecting study of what happens as one by one social props are stripped away and ties are broken.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

March 27, 2009
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)

If you've ever lost a pet dog, or found yourself at the wrong end of an irreparably diminished bank account, Wendy And Lucy is the kind of film that will break your heart.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

March 27, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Kelly Reichardt's devastating little film has attracted a lot of admiration since its debut at Cannes last year, partly because of its timeliness.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 27, 2009
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

The narrative has been pared to the bone, and that was a problem for me. We know nothing about Wendy, who she really is, why she left Indiana, what she hopes to do in Alaska -- apart from find a job.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 27, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

The affecting, minimalist film Wendy and Lucy proves that small-town dramas aren't dead, but small towns, at least in the Mellencamp-idealist sense, are.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Exquisitely simple, this pearl of a film is an ode to freedom.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 20, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The performance ranks right behind Melissa Leo's amazing thespian turn in "Frozen River."

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2009
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