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Lonesome Jim Reviews

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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
May 19, 2006
Manages to be bitter, dispiriting and utterly pointless all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2006
It all feels very slight.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2006
Affleck plays this as a one-note turn, all dour. What a life-force like Anika would see in him is a mystery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2006
The problem is that a little of this minimalist kitchen-sink farce goes a very long way, and after a while Lonesome Jim starts to dry up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2006
A slight, but amusing and occasionally touching, dark comedy about depression and dysfunction that percolates with indie film hipness.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 14, 2006
The biggest problem Buscemi has is that his central character has, by definition, very little distinct character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 14, 2006
While Lonesome Jim may be clinically acute, it is by its very nature dramatically inert.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2006
It is packed with delightfully silly vignettes that had me squirming in my seat with laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2006
The script is adroit: It doesn't force the humor, and it steadily keeps track of Jim's growing maturity.
April 7, 2006
Sweet and darkly funny for most of its 91 minutes, it falters only in a dawdling final stretch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2006
Jim's characters may grow on you after a slow setup and, like a hot plate of grits, may stick with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2006
Mr. Affleck is burdened with the difficult task of making moroseness seem interesting. He doesn't succeed, and neither does the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 31, 2006
Nothing in this well-intentioned but lifeless indie draws the hard laughter that comes from creating characters that somehow get to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2006
[Strouse] has written a forlorn and poetic story, and Buscemi has made it into a movie about taking a deep breath and deciding to stop being a mope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2006
Lonesome Jim -- despite its excellent cast, controlled direction and moody, well-judged atmospherics -- tends to alienate us, just as Affleck's Jim does.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 30, 2006
Screenwriter James C. Strouse (in whose hometown the film was shot) provides so few clues to the source of Jim's malaise, or that of his entire sad-sack family, that the movie remains rudderless and not the least bit believable.
March 28, 2006
Steve Buscemi's a very good director.
March 24, 2006
If Lonesome Jim feels like it's perpetually on the verge of evaporating, Buscemi brings to the material the boundless empathy for misfits and screw-ups he displayed in Trees Lounge.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2006
Indie moviegoers have met slackers like Jim before, but he's still good company. The laughs are frequent while the emotions ring true.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2006
One of those indie excursions to Loserville that lasts an hour and a half but feels longer than Roots.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2006
The real problem is its absolute absence of energy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2006
Though Affleck does his best to humanize his one-note character, he's stuck in a script by first-time screenwriter James Strouse that works in broad strokes and trite moments.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 23, 2006
The 27-year-old protagonist of Steve Buscemi's deadpan comedy Lonesome Jim lives out the worst nightmare of every bushy-tailed go-getter who moves to New York to Be Somebody (in his case, a writer) and fails miserably.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2006
Affleck is simply too clean-cut for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 22, 2006
There's nothing for Jim to do but sulk in a local bar on the corner of Nowheresville and Stuckforlife.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 21, 2006
Now that digital imagery (Buscemi's film is another InDigEnt production) is virtually indistinguishable from handheld celluloid, where's the 21st century's own nasty, truth-seeking front edge?
March 21, 2006
I can't recall having a better time at a movie about depression.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2006
Refreshingly, there's more lethargy than awakening here...
April 2, 2005
There's a slightness to the mildly eccentric material here that leaves the whole enterprise in danger of fluttering away.