Wendy and Lucy

2008, Drama, 1h 20m

185 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle. Read critic reviews

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Wendy (Michelle Williams), a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested for shoplifting dog food. When she posts bail and returns to retrieve Lucy, she finds that the dog is gone, prompting a frantic search for her pet.

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John Robinson
Andy
Wally Dalton
Security Guard
Brenna Beardsley
Grocery Cashier
Ayanna Berkshire
Pound Employee
Joshua Blum
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Todd Haynes
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Phil Morrison
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Sam Levy
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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (58) | Fresh (158) | Rotten (27)

  • In happy sum, Reichardt is one more of the current American directors, most of them still young, who are endowing our film world with pleasure and hope.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I expect there will be more stories like Wendy and Lucy's in the coming months and years. The wonder will be if they articulate their compassion and distress with such unforced eloquence.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The climax is a heartbreaker, and in its haunting finale the movie recalls no less than Mervyn LeRoy's Depression-era classic I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Michelle Williams is in every scene of Wendy and Lucy, and ably carries that burden -- with her dark pixie haircut and cut-offs, she looks frighteningly vulnerable, an indie urchin stuck in circumstances both dire and mundane.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Evanescent and intangible, it dissolves into the air, leaving something tragic and mysterious behind.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Wendy and Lucy is too laconic to be mistaken for a social drama, but it's set in a land whose harshness seems to a require a stronger critique than Reichardt's vignettes.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • In happy sum, Reichardt is one more of the current American directors, most of them still young, who are endowing our film world with pleasure and hope.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I expect there will be more stories like Wendy and Lucy's in the coming months and years. The wonder will be if they articulate their compassion and distress with such unforced eloquence.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The climax is a heartbreaker, and in its haunting finale the movie recalls no less than Mervyn LeRoy's Depression-era classic I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Michelle Williams is in every scene of Wendy and Lucy, and ably carries that burden -- with her dark pixie haircut and cut-offs, she looks frighteningly vulnerable, an indie urchin stuck in circumstances both dire and mundane.

    March 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Watching Wendy lose her precarious grip on everything she holds dear is quietly heartbreaking - and a bracing reminder in these straitened times of how easy it is for someone like her to be tipped over the edge when there isn't a safety net around.

    November 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is about a real person facing real situation. Instead of looking at something like the U.S. financial collapse or a stock market crash, we get a more intimate story.

    March 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 31, 2012
    In my opinion, this is the best that we have seen of Michelle Williams on screen. Reichardt brings out genuine emotion in a very touching story of a woman on the brink of survival. Unfortunate circumstances put her on the street and make her reliant on the good will (or lack thereof) of a small town in Oregon.
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  • Jun 10, 2012
    Wendy is a small town girl who packed up her life in a tiny beaten up car to make her way to Alaska to find a job with her dog Lucy. On the way she stops off in a small Oregon town the get some sleep and finds that her car wont start in the morning. An unfortunate amount of bad luck makes it's way into Wendy's life. The dog food has run out and with not much money on hand Wendy takes a can of dog food from the grocery store only to get caught by an adolescent employee and ends up in jail. By the time Wendy gets back to the store Lucy is missing and Wendy's search for her loyal companion begins. Wendy and Lucy is a slow paced drama. It took me two times to sit down and actually start watching the film. Being a fan of Michelle Williams was the only reason why I wanted to watch it, otherwise I would have passed it up. It's not your typical loving pet story, happy ending everything is perfect movie, but thats what makes it so great. It's a real story, with real feeling and misfortune, real life.
    Alyssa M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2011
    Looking at the rating of the movie, it seems that (not surprisingly) I failed to comprehend the movie. Except for the protagonists and less than one handful of scenes, there absolutely was nothing that pleased me. I felt as if Lucy's mystery would land me into an interesting slot (agreed, my fault; but then waiting with nothing in hand, I thought this as hell might be it), but having seen it now, I'm blank as to what I was supposed to look forward to in the story. What were the makers expecting me to expect in Wendy's fateful (!!!) road trip? Guess this one is for the brilliants. And I'd be more than pleased to leave it to them. Those looking for entertainment (as per my exceptionally exceptional definition, of course), please be kind enough to browse the rest of the boundless sections of movies available.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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