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Old Joy Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
January 26, 2007
Such watchful reticence takes a bold, confident filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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 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
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 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 10, 2006
Old Joy's not-going- anywhere-ness is a big part of its charm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2006
Like a great jazz musician, Reichart understands that striking a single, well-placed note can resonate more profoundly than playing a splashy cascade of noise just because you can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2006
Fresh as spring water and warm as sunlight, it steeps us in the beauties we will always miss, if we keep dividing the world into winners and losers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2006
The movie explores the increasingly coarse line between nostalgia and acceptance for the way things are, without exclamatory revelation and uproarious self-pity. It's Sideways for realists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2006
About [Kelly Reichardt's] directing, after praising her simplicity, one has to praise her daring. To make this film took considerable conviction -- and, for an artist, conviction usually entails courage.
October 20, 2006
Slow moving but ultimately quite touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2006
It feels so real it hurts, and it's the perfect antidote to all those movies where all sorts of stuff blows up.
October 12, 2006
Captures the weary mood of a generation that's crested its peak along with an era, quietly making a case for how well suited film can be to capturing the finer points of human interaction while preserving their mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
October 11, 2006
Let us say simply that Ms. Reichardt's brand of minimalism leaves me truly joyless.
October 4, 2006
Old Joy is another minimalist exercise that is at once visually stunning, quietly insightful and more than a little hard to endure.
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 22, 2006
Old Joy doesn't try for too much, but its subtle victories leave plenty to savor.
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 21, 2006
Old Joy (adapted by writer Jonathan Raymond from his own short story) is only 76 minutes long, but it has the contemplative power of Buddhist meditation.
September 20, 2006
Every frame of Old Joy bespeaks a yearning for a more user-friendly day, when gas was less than $2.50 a gallon and there was always a used record store to unload your scratched vinyl.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2006
It's in all the moments where little happens that Reichardt is most amazing, investing even a gas-station pit stop with perfect emotional pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 20, 2006
Only the alt-country score by Yo La Tengo makes any of this bearable.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2006
Kelly Reichardt's film is a triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 19, 2006
Open-ended as it may appear, it has a crushing finality. For all the wool-gathering and guitar-noodling, this road movie is at least as tender as it is ironic.
September 18, 2006
Against a radiant backdrop of decay and rebirth, nothing needs to be said; everything in this lovely film is crystalline.
February 28, 2006
A camping trip shared by two longtime friends provides the basis for a beautifully nuanced study in friendship and the irretrievability of the past in Old Joy.
January 31, 2006
A film of microscopic mood shifts, at once open-ended and precise.