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Wendy and Lucy Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
It's a really simple story, but humanity, companionship and will power aren't that complicated either.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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.
Andrew Jefchak
MLive.com
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy is a little masterpiece about the painful realities of life among the have-nots during tough economic times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
March 27, 2015
Wendy and Lucy refines Reichardt as a poet of the overlooked American working class.
Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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.
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Kelly Marages
Paste Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
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.
| Original Score: B+
Josh Ralske
TV Guide
March 27, 2015
Coming from any other filmmaker, Wendy and Lucy's relatively clear-eyed and unsentimental tale of woe might be considered a minor triumph, but from one of Reichardt's unique talents, it is something of a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 27, 2015
Beautifully painful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 27, 2015
With quirky support from Will Patton's caustic mechanic and Walter Dalton's sympathetic security guard, this is a bittersweet triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alison Willmore
IFC.com
March 27, 2015
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
March 27, 2015
As much as you can quibble about how the message is delivered, Reichardt never fails to get it across.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
March 27, 2015
The film works powerfully as both a wrenching character study and a mournful commentary on the economic desperation of rural Americans.
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 27, 2015
Calling Wendy and Lucy spare is a monument to understatement. It's a drab, low-budget, unadorned film, often lacking the requisite elements that lend movies their motion: plot, conflict, character development, or even a soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 27, 2015
Even at 80 minutes, this feels like a Chihuahua padded out to Great Dane proportions. It's far too hangdog to find much of an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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