Wendy and Lucy Reviews

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March 27, 2015
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
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.
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July 7, 2010
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
Evanescent and intangible, it dissolves into the air, leaving something tragic and mysterious behind.
April 30, 2009
March 27, 2009
Kelly Reichardt's devastating little film has attracted a lot of admiration since its debut at Cannes last year, partly because of its timeliness.
July 7, 2019
A tragic tone poem for a modern day America, struggling to find a sense of hope in an increasingly hopeless world.
August 29, 2018
[A] spare and haunting film.
March 2, 2018
Wendy and Lucy (2008) isn't the romantic road movie of Alexander Supertramp in Into the Wild. This is survival, revealed in all the mundane details of a documentary portrait and the simple power of Michelle Williams' unadorned performance...
November 16, 2017
Giving quiet, but pointed consideration to the cinematically ignored economic anguish and wistful unhappiness of one end of American life...
October 7, 2015
It's a really simple story, but humanity, companionship and will power aren't that complicated either.
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy -- with its simple shots and edits and an elegantly musicless soundtrack -- proves you don't have to be flashy to be compelling.
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy is a little masterpiece about the painful realities of life among the have-nots during tough economic times.
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy refines Reichardt as a poet of the overlooked American working class.
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy's minimalist aesthetic relaxes rather than taxes our awareness, allowing it to linger over minute details, which, in turn, become monumental developments.
March 27, 2015
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
The simple construct yields such a rich world is a triumph, thanks in no small part to director Kelly Reichardt's hawk-like narrative focus and good casting sense.
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy is an old-school indie portrait of a woman in a desperate situation. It's quiet -- virtually silent in parts -- and at just 80 minutes, it makes its point without overstating it.
March 27, 2015
Wendy serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing.
March 27, 2015
Reichardt does her best to make the grim story feel organic, bringing a muted, hypnotic stillness echoed by her marquee star. But given our nation's woes, it's likely viewers will cut Wendy and Lucy the teensiest bit of slack that it needs.
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