The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
You have to see The Loneliest Planet, for it is one of those works that prepares you for life, that make you wary, alive and responsible, and which ... well, you'll never forget it.
April 12, 2013
Writer/director Julia Loktev, a New York filmmaker born in Russia, skilfully uses stillness and the vastness of the Caucasus Mountains to frame her trio of characters in psychological quicksand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
April 7, 2013
Frankly, I've greatly enjoyed discussing the film, whereas I merely tolerated the experience of actually watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 24, 2013
Audiences used to actively engaging with cinema will find much to relish about The Loneliest Planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
March 24, 2013
Scoring a popular hit on the film festival circuit, director Julia Loktev elicits superb performances from a minimal cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 21, 2013
This load of tediously existential nonsense from writer/director Julia Loktev has been bizarrely celebrated as a profound artistic and feminist (?) statement, but make no mistake: it's ridiculously wannabe-cerebral codswallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
March 21, 2013
...simmering just beneath its quiet, beautiful surface are endless questions to do with relationships and trust, and how they're tied to our expectations regarding masculinity.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 15, 2013
Although short stories usually make terrific source material for films, in this case the adaptation suggests that this is not one of those instances
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 15, 2013
Curiosity triggers our interest at first, but eventually, the tedious nature of the drawn-out exposition is akin to watching grass grow
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
February 26, 2013
An elliptical, often baffling relationships drama about trust and reconciliation
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 16, 2013
An exceptionally thorny and pleasing little behavioral study.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2013
This is one of those films where very little happens very slowly, but there are a couple of dramatic scenes which change the complexion of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
December 10, 2012
Loktev's persistent use of long takes with little dialogue renders it a repetitive exercise that's more pretentious than profound.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 8, 2012
With Brontes' camera sometimes right up in their faces, the actors create an intense intimacy that's a thrill to experience. They also share a palpable sexual chemistry that fires up this drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 29, 2012
An intriguing film, that has a sense of poignancy, sparse dialogue and offers a deep suspicion of love if it's untested.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 15, 2012
The languid, observational style of director Julia Loktev will frustrate those expecting stuff to, like, happen more, but it has its real rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Nothing hurts quite as much as self-doubt, and The Loneliest Planet is carpeted in it.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 10, 2012
It's alive; it requires active participation and curiosity; and it speaks eloquently to the best possibilities of film as a medium for conversation and reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
November 9, 2012
A relationship drama as radically bifurcated as Tropical Malady and as trenchantly insightful as Everyone Else.
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
November 9, 2012
You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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