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Old Joy Reviews

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January 26, 2007
An unassuming, minimalist gem that shows how less can be much, much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2007
Notable for its visual beauty, its melancholic Yo La Tengo score and its subtle performances, it's an impressively understated and sensitively observed work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2007
Such watchful reticence takes a bold, confident filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
January 25, 2007
Making exceptional use of stillness and silence, this is a rather sad study of the passing of traditional concepts of American masculinity along with the landscape that forged them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2007
At just 76 minutes, Old Joy is a minimalist film, but illuminating, bittersweet, gentle and deeply alive.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2007
Old Joy, a reticent, delicate film, is riveting because not much happens.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 12, 2007
The meditative and absorbing real-time pace suggests, and perhaps was inspired by, the cinema of Iran, and its hardscrabble aesthetic and minimalist production values.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2007
The characters stayed with me, and I'm glad I took a second look now that it's opening for a two-week run at Northwest Film Forum. This time around, its sense of humor seemed much more effective -- as did its less-is-more style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2007
Although there's not much in the way of traditional drama in Old Joy, there's always something going on, if you're willing to pay close attention to the film's delicate details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2006
As your experience may diverge from theirs, the film offers a metaphor for reading, as the environment becomes at once a projection, frame, and mirror for subjective states.
December 8, 2006
Though it's well-intentioned and runs barely more than an hour, this slowly paced character study gets tiresome in a hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
The movie captures gorgeous mountain scenery with the simplicity of an Ozu film. It also benefits from the naturalistic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2006
It plays for a scant 73 minutes, but if feels as long as a Wagner opera.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 30, 2006
Old Joy is as dull and doomed as the men's friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 28, 2006
A worthy attempt at a worthy topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 24, 2006
The real resonance of Reichardt's at once lean and profound little movie is that, without saying anything directly, it can seem to say so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2006
Wise, resonant and genuinely special.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2006
Old Joy is an accurately observed slice of that moment between postadolescence and parenthood, when friends cling or scatter, and circumstances force buried feelings to the fore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 11, 2006
The closely observed exchanges, which are so rambling and yet leave so much unstated, make the silences between Mark and Kurt echo with regret, longing, hope.
November 10, 2006
Old Joy's not-going- anywhere-ness is a big part of its charm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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