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Old Joy Reviews

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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
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
September 23, 2006
To my mind, there was a lot of wasted time -- repetitive shots of scenery from a moving car that felt more like padding than "atmosphere," as if the movie makers had to create a feature length for a project that just as easily and perhaps more effect
Full Review | Original Score: D
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 30, 2006
Old Joy is as dull and doomed as the men's friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
August 31, 2006
Even as a short film, OLD JOY drags and feels padded.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 20, 2006
Only the alt-country score by Yo La Tengo makes any of this bearable.
| Original Score: 1/4
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 22, 2006
Kelly Reichardt's minimalist buddy film about two former roommates on an overnight camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains features some of the year's most beautiful scenery and two of its most wooden characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Franny French
September 1, 2006
What results from all the lack of talk is so underdeveloped and reed thin as to be ungraspable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
September 30, 2006
A monster movie where the monster doesn't show up. zzzzzzzzz..
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 11, 2006
Let us say simply that Ms. Reichardt's brand of minimalism leaves me truly joyless.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
November 30, 2006
It plays for a scant 73 minutes, but if feels as long as a Wagner opera.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
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-
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.
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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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 12, 2006
The movie's scale is minuscule, but the physical and emotional landscapes it travels are as broad, deep and mysterious as the human psyche itself.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 13, 2007
Old Joy, a reticent, delicate film, is riveting because not much happens.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
September 21, 2006
Strangely affecting given how little heft there is to it, but it does raise the question: At what point does minimalism begin to seem just plain stubborn?
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 14, 2006
Carefully accumulates and juxtaposes details to form an interconnected web of loneliness, regret, and longing for happier times gone by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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