Wendy and Lucy
2008, Drama, 1h 20m185 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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Jun 01, 2014[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img]Directors C Super Reviewer
Dec 31, 2012In 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.John B Super Reviewer
Jun 10, 2012Wendy 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, 2011Looking 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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