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The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 25, 2012
It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 25, 2012
Though the film moves as slowly as its hikers, it demands, and deserves, to be watched closely.
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October 25, 2012
The Loneliest Planet does have a quiet power, which is amplified by the movie's rugged landscape.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 25, 2012
Visuals and emotional core are too separate and too long to sustain the movie.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 25, 2012
The film delivers in unexpected ways, and then ponders what it means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 25, 2012
In extending a short story to feature length without embellishing it-at least in the plotting-Loktev suffuses the film with the kind of intimate, microscopic detail and observation that's more common to literature than cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2012
Every scene shift contributes vital information about what it means to guide or be guided over foreign territory, both emotional and physical.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Alison Willmore
October 24, 2012
The Loneliest Planet was made with an intoxicating and precise faith in the ability of images to convey feelings that words would be too clumsy and blunt to appropriately delineate.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 24, 2012
Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil.
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Jordan Hoffman
October 24, 2012
If you are willing to subject yourself to an experience that is outside the norm of what a traditional movie is supposed to do, then you may come away with fertile soil for some fruitful discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Kohn
October 24, 2012
Hardly an indolent director, Loktev has much to say about a couple suffering from the inability to say much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Grierson
Screen International
October 24, 2012
The title is a play on those Lonely Planet travel guides, but it's also a fair description of the desolate space in which each of the movie's three characters resides.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 23, 2012
Adjust to the deliberate rhythms of this hiking movie-set on the lush slopes of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains-and the psychological payoff stings like a blister.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2012
[A] slow-burning, distinctive second feature from Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/director Julia Loktev.
Cole Smithey
October 21, 2012
Too much a student of the Gus Van Sant school of minimalist filmmaking - think "Gerry" - Julia Loktev manages a travelogue romantic drama that is overwrought and yet undercooked.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Harvey S. Karten
October 11, 2012
A slow-moving, minimalist film with gorgeous photography which features a sudden event, a coup de theatre, that could end a romantic relationship
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 21, 2012
Julia Loktev's marvelous, slow-burning follow-up to her minimalist thriller Day Night Day Night somehow manages to be both audacious and subtle.
Kent Turner
October 5, 2011
The direction is so studied, so understatedly deliberate, that if you turn away at the wrong moment, you'll miss the volatile turning point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 2, 2011
Loktev's staging of the crucial moment is expert; her look at the aftermath is poignant and nuanced, culminating in a nocturnal sequence that condenses a world of bitter and incommensurable experience into a single shot.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
September 26, 2011
All movies engage your eyes and ears by their very nature, but The Loneliest Planet adds a third dominant sense to the equation. How many movies can you feel on your skin?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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