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.
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 19, 2018
Writer-director-actor Barbara Loden's 1970 feature has a wonderful, hard-won sense of everyday rapture.
September 28, 2015
[Loden] captures the ambiance of small-time roadhouses with compelling accuracy; she manages through some clever location photography to convey an almost overwhelming sense of lingering desperation.
May 3, 2013
If there is a female counterpart to John Cassavetes, Barbara Loden is it.
February 23, 2012
[The film] grows in observation, insight and impact as it goes along.
September 22, 2011
A brilliantly atmospheric film with a superb performance by Loden.
October 26, 2010
Wanda is the singular vision of an artist who hailed from surroundings as bleak and limited as her title character's.
January 26, 2006
The film is all the more impressive for its refusal to get embroiled in half-baked political attitudinising.