• 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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Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Williams is fascinating to watch on screen ... but a strong performance does not necessarily an entertaining movie make, and there seems to be little point or purpose to this.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

December 9, 2008
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Doesn't have any real surprises or insights and often drags, but at least it has a few heartfelt moments that leave you feeling quietly moved.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 4.5/10

January 31, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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[With] very basic storytelling, we've got to be given a reason to care and it never happens.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 15, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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This indie film is slow and downright boring at its core.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 15, 2008
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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Like a worst-case-scenario, indie-movie cliché, Wendy and Lucy throws every bone it can at the screen

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

December 10, 2008
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

It is only marginally more absorbing than watching paint dry.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

March 7, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Sensible people will see the film for what it is: Waiting for Dogot without Beckett... But you cannot argue with dog lovers: they see in a vacuum of nothingness an existential nirvana.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

March 6, 2009
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

Wendy and Lucy is a slow and meandering film, in no rush to get anywhere, least of all to anywhere important.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 4/10

January 30, 2009
Leigh Singer
Film4

Wendy And Lucy follows in noble traditions but steadfastly refuses to breach the poetry of its predecessors. Despite Michelle Williams's best efforts this is a very long, obvious, opaque 80 minutes.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

March 7, 2009
John Anderson
Washington Post
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For all its virtues, Wendy and Lucy seems like the most overrated of art movies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 29, 2009
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

If you liked "Into the Wild" you might have half a chance of getting into this extended melodrama. But beware, the story has none of the interesting characters and double the lameness.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 4/10

December 10, 2008
Marcy Dermansky
About.com

It's easy to admire to Williams' performance, without ever feeling compelled to cry.

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

September 30, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Older audiences are hailing this slim story of a hand-to-mouth transient limping her way to Alaska as an insight into Gen X's unmoored ennui. It's like they've watched The Kite Runner and now think they understand Afghanistan.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

January 1, 2009
Victor Olliver
Teletext

Perfectly paced, with the many long silences you get in real life, Kelly Reichardt's film is undone by a fatal plot flaw involving the dog.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 4/10

March 5, 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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Agonizingly slow-moving and it has a bare-bones plot in which nothing much happens.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

February 12, 2009
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

grim to the point of tedium

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2008
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

| Original Score: 2/5

January 3, 2009
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Relentlessly solemn movies like Wendy and Lucy are why recession-plagued Americans paid $33 million last week to see Paul Blart, Mall Cop.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: C

January 22, 2009
Leonard Maltin
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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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