The Loneliest Planet Reviews

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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.
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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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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
All of this grows tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 26, 2012
The Loneliest Planet is not a perfect work of art, but it gets at something powerful: the way that life can turn us around in a flash, without warning.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 25, 2012
Shot on location by cinematographer Inti Briones, "Planet" is a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 25, 2012
It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.
Full Review | 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.
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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
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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
Film.com
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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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.
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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.
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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.