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.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
[With] very basic storytelling, we've got to be given a reason to care and it never happens.
This indie film is slow and downright boring at its core.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Like a worst-case-scenario, indie-movie cliché, Wendy and Lucy throws every bone it can at the screen
| Original Score: 1/5
It is only marginally more absorbing than watching paint dry.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Wendy and Lucy is a slow and meandering film, in no rush to get anywhere, least of all to anywhere important.
| Original Score: 4/10
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.
For all its virtues, Wendy and Lucy seems like the most overrated of art movies.
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.
It's easy to admire to Williams' performance, without ever feeling compelled to cry.
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
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.'
| Original Score: 3/5
Agonizingly slow-moving and it has a bare-bones plot in which nothing much happens.
grim to the point of tedium
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 2/5
Relentlessly solemn movies like Wendy and Lucy are why recession-plagued Americans paid $33 million last week to see Paul Blart, Mall Cop.