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Old Joy Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Old Joy is a weaker effort than Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy, sure, but still a key early step in the career of this impressive filmmaker.
Josh Larsen
April 5, 2011
Interesting, but hardly the lo-fi triumph its reputation suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 6, 2010
There are no big revelatory moments. There's no cliched conflict. But don't make the mistake of then assuming that Old Joy has no drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 18, 2009
With exquisite tenderness and delicacy, Old Joy fluidly captures the all-too-frequent occurrence of friends drifting apart as their lives branch off in different directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Cole Smithey
April 21, 2009
Annoying, blank, and bereft of any narrative arc "Old Joy" has nothing familiar or enchanting to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 30, 2008
The film is like a haiku that one can only interpret through their own experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
A subtle, elegant meditation on friendship and identity in a cultural moment where honest cultivation of either is treated like a luxury.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 1, 2007
A minimalist stroll not worth taking...but if Old Joy doesn't do much, at least it doesn't do it for very long.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 15, 2007
Old Joy may be built around a road trip, but it's also a movie about two roads -- and two souls -- diverging.
| Original Score: B
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 9, 2007
Reichardt's low-budget feature, shot in one weekend with a skeleton crew, quietly observes both men and passes judgment on neither. It's a minimalist masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2007
You may find yourself asking whether anything's going to happen. But for those who can tolerate a slow-brewing movie, [director] Reichardt's work provides sufficient rewards.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 9, 2007
Subdued, artistic, with beautifully nuanced performances that are as true as they are often elusive of commercial triumph.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 23, 2007
There are whispers of bigger themes present -- the changing nature of friendship, the co-opting of '90s "alternative" culture into the mainstream -- but, for the most part, much of what you get out of the film depends what you bring to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 2, 2007
Some movies say a lot by saying little; Old Joy seems content to just stay quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 28, 2007
A minimalist piece to be savoured like a good short story.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
January 28, 2007
Like a Raymond Carver story, it seems nothing much at first sight, but its crystallised moment reveals further dimensions the more you muse on it.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
January 28, 2007
A surprising denouement provides poignancy, repaying the goodwill the film inspires through its mellow combinations of music and imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
January 26, 2007
You would be perfectly at liberty to find it boring and empty, but also to understand the tiny resonances that have made it one of the best reviewed films of 2006 in America. Somehow it does strike home.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
January 26, 2007
Too slight to really haunt, but its subtlety is as treasurable as an old friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rose
January 26, 2007
A spare and satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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