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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 19, 2006
Manages to be bitter, dispiriting and utterly pointless all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 19, 2006
It all feels very slight.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 20, 2006
A slight, but amusing and occasionally touching, dark comedy about depression and dysfunction that percolates with indie film hipness.
| Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 14, 2006
While Lonesome Jim may be clinically acute, it is by its very nature dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 13, 2006
The script is adroit: It doesn't force the humor, and it steadily keeps track of Jim's growing maturity.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 7, 2006
Sweet and darkly funny for most of its 91 minutes, it falters only in a dawdling final stretch.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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-
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 28, 2006
Steve Buscemi's a very good director.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 24, 2006
One of those indie excursions to Loserville that lasts an hour and a half but feels longer than Roots.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 24, 2006
The real problem is its absolute absence of energy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 23, 2006
Affleck is simply too clean-cut for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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?
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 21, 2006
I can't recall having a better time at a movie about depression.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Refreshingly, there's more lethargy than awakening here...
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 2, 2005
There's a slightness to the mildly eccentric material here that leaves the whole enterprise in danger of fluttering away.