Wanda Reviews

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December 28, 2020
It's delicious to see this kind of character taking up so much space on screen: unkempt, dazed, and aimless, with occasional moments of alertness to take pleasure in something tiny, just because she wants to.
October 15, 2020
Wanda is a small masterpiece of verite-style naturalism, both in sympathy with its heroine and ruthlessly unsentimental about her plight.
September 30, 2020
...a portrait of a woman under the influence, hopelessly trapped.
August 14, 2020
With a marvelously subtle and quiet expressiveness, [Barbara Loden's] performance is captured through the painstaking lens of [director of photography] Nicholas Proferes.
February 14, 2020
Loden's performance is a harrowing embodiment of detachment.
January 11, 2020
Miss Loden has promise, if not flair, as a director and she is an extraordinary actress... The fact is Miss Loden has given us less content and exposition than a short story.
December 3, 2019
Once a hard to find curio, Wanda is now easily available for cinephiles hoping to see this little gem.
March 30, 2019
Wanda is a fascinating screen character in all her contradictions, and Loden delivers a beautiful performance in the role.
March 18, 2019
Wanda refuses to embody any of the female images she comes across in the film...You see, just because she can't articulate her desires, doesn't mean she doesn't yearn for something more.
November 29, 2018
The film hurts. Its plodding grimness reduces life to getting money and eating.
November 27, 2018
Eschewing plot in favor of character study, Loden creates a fully-rounded portrait of a character unable to find her true meaning.
October 25, 2018
To watch 'Wanda' today is to be knocked over anew by the film's unsettled emotional terrain, which slips and shifts beneath your feet from scene to scene.
October 24, 2018
When "Wanda" premiered, Pauline Kael (and many other US critics) called it a mundane piece of garbage. But they were wrong ... it's a feminist masterpiece.
September 13, 2018
It's not without it's rough edges, but it's well worth seeing, and wondering what might have been had Barbara Loden made more films.
August 3, 2018
"Realism" doesn't entirely do justice to the world Wanda inhabits, which, for all the grit and grunge of its bars and diners and factory floors, is also a world of startling everyday beauty.
July 26, 2018
How many others, I wondered, had sorely missed the point and tossed away Barbara Loden's exquisite film?
July 26, 2018
A powerhouse of stark realism, powerful tension and marvelously manipulated impending doom.
July 19, 2018
Writer-director-actor Barbara Loden's 1970 feature has a wonderful, hard-won sense of everyday rapture.
July 16, 2018
Just by living an unheroic life as millions of others live it, and by conveying its condition, a maker of art can show what's wrong with a society or culture. This is what Loden does brilliantly...
September 13, 2016
It now plays as a ground-breaking work of personal cinema with an aesthetic that deserves to be [Barbara] Loden's enduring signature.
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