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Lonesome Jim Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
"Lonesome Jim" is an earnest and modest 'little independent' movie that charms by way of its understated underachieving characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2008
Minimalist, moody and morose, Lonesome Jim is a minor gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nev Pierce
Total Film
April 11, 2008
The world would be a better place if Steve Buscemi made more movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
April 11, 2008
Steve Buscemi's third film as a director is a low key affair delivered with a wry sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 11, 2008
It's poignant, quietly life-affirming little story that doesn't need to shout. Lonesome Jim's good company.
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Time Out
April 11, 2008
Though this clash of picket-fenced, down-home values and big city oafishness was handled with a little more delicacy in 2005's superb 'Junebug', Buscemi's film has lots to say about this fruitful dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Matthew Turner
April 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
Has great relevance to the lost adultolescent generation of today ... but it also flounders in its commonplace and too-familiar concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
Weekly Press
June 16, 2007
A depressing illustration of how even Middle America has ended up marginalized and rudderless in the wake of outsourcing, downsizing and globalization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
As the credits started to roll, I came to a pleasant and all-too-rare moviegoing realization: The smile that had crept across my face during the very first scene had never left.
Angela Baldassarre
May 26, 2006
"Lonesome Jim" is worth checking out, if nothing else for the performances and Buscemi's idiosyncratic sense of irony.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 19, 2006
Too many movies offer cardboard cutouts of even their primaries, but Jim delivers honest, three-dimensional portraits of each of the major players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 19, 2006
Helped by the precise details of small-town life and laughs generated by circumstances almost everyone can relate to, Lonesome Jim is gratifying because of its nearly cheerful depiction of sorrow, not in spite of it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2006
... the story of Percyesque ex-suicide, a parable about how embracing childish things can be part of growing up.
Read More | Original Score: 83/100

May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 10, 2006
Affleck makes a perfectly downcast lightning rod for the ennui-ridden goings-on, and as a director, Buscemi totally gets the defeatist beats of James C. Strouse's script.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 28, 2006
It keeps us rooting for him even as we can't stop shaking our heads and chuckling at what an absolute pill he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 21, 2006
Ben Affleck's little brother does have a likable quality, and his character eventually warms up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 20, 2006
The charm is in the quirky writing (by James C. Strouse), offbeat acting and interesting direction by Steve Buscemi.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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