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The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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Will McCord
Paste Magazine
October 26, 2012
Sure, Loktev is exploring some interesting issues, including the definition of masculinity and what a modern woman expects from a man in a relationship, but one wishes for a bit more to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 26, 2012
Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
All of this grows tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 24, 2011
Somewhat unsatisfying in addressing the fallout of the central crisis or in suggesting much beyond some rather obvious conclusions about male aggression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 27, 2012
The characters are kept at such a distance, and the movie is so opposed to basic dramatic impulses, that it's like watching a stranger's vacation footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 1, 2012
In desperate need of a tighter edit and a pronounced human touch. Its intentional paralysis is unrewarding and, by the second half, completely insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 26, 2012
...a challenging, audacious, yet ultimately unsuccessful cinematic experiment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2012
I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 25, 2012
Visuals and emotional core are too separate and too long to sustain the movie.
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.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2012
Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 1, 2012
Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 2, 2012
Presumably taking its title from BBC Worldwide's "Lonely Planet" travel books,
Full Review | Original Score: B minus
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 31, 2012
Loktev and cinematographer Inti Briones have captured an otherworldly landscape with a paradoxical claustrophobia ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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