Wendy and Lucy Reviews

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Craig D. Lindsey
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
March 27, 2015
Stark, heartbreaking and blunt in its notion that, even in these troubled times, sometimes the love of a four-legged best friend just isn't enough, Wendy and Lucy is a dog movie for grown-ups.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 27, 2015
It's difficult to think of a movie more relevant to this moment in American life than Wendy and Lucy. It's also difficult to think of a movie that more movingly conveys the plight of people caught in such a fix.
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
March 27, 2015
Everyone who sees it is likely to remember it. It grows on you.
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
March 27, 2015
Williams can hit the notes; she's slight, thin-legged, a serious waif. We can worry about her easily enough. The problem is that nothing sticks out more than poised acting in a naturalistic film.
Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press
March 27, 2015
Even when her character keeps her emotions firmly in check, Williams invests the role with heartfelt, heartbreaking feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 15, 2013
The final scenes will tear your heart out, but perhaps not in the way you expect.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Wendy and Lucy is the blues, pure and simple.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
December 2, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2010
Evanescent and intangible, it dissolves into the air, leaving something tragic and mysterious behind.
Top Critic
July 7, 2010
Wendy and Lucy is too laconic to be mistaken for a social drama, but it's set in a land whose harshness seems to a require a stronger critique than Reichardt's vignettes.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 7, 2010
It's a deceptively easy, effortlessly lovely film.
Adam Nayman
Reverse Shot
July 7, 2010
Reichardt, working as she did in Old Joy from a short story by Jonathan Raymond, is unwilling (as she was in Old Joy) to either romanticize or condescend to her characters' self-willed marginality.
June 13, 2010
The pace of real life is the rhythm that drives Reichardt's beautifully minimalist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Bruises while barely raising its voice
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
May 1, 2009
If Wendy and Lucy isn't the most dynamic movie around, at least its tone and approach are sure-footed and appropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 30, 2009
Wendy and Lucy gets under your nails, which is to say, it's the stuff of life.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Reichardt serves her cause best when she forgoes the melodrama and focuses on the humanity, as well as the inhumanity, of the situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 19, 2009
Director co-writer Kelly Reichardt ... has fashioned a cautionary tale for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 17, 2009
...an American Bicycle Thief, a simple, powerful film about the oppressive indignity of being poor in a wealthy country.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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