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Old Joy Reviews

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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
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
November 30, 2006
Old Joy is as dull and doomed as the men's friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2006
Even as a short film, OLD JOY drags and feels padded.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
September 20, 2006
Only the alt-country score by Yo La Tengo makes any of this bearable.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 1, 2006
What results from all the lack of talk is so underdeveloped and reed thin as to be ungraspable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
It's as stodgy as it is inert, the film about as invigorating and thought-provoking as watching an episode of Gilligan's Island after drinking one too many Mojitos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 30, 2006
A monster movie where the monster doesn't show up. zzzzzzzzz..
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 11, 2006
Let us say simply that Ms. Reichardt's brand of minimalism leaves me truly joyless.
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
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
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-
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.
March 9, 2007
Subdued, artistic, with beautifully nuanced performances that are as true as they are often elusive of commercial triumph.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 13, 2007
Old Joy, a reticent, delicate film, is riveting because not much happens.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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?
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