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Wendy and Lucy Reviews

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.
March 18, 2009
Williams and Patton and the folks of this corner of Oregon serve up a slice of "indie" that, if it doesn't reach the level of "inspires," at least feels timely and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2009
Within the confines of this minimalist (with a microscopic m) picture, there are sequences so vital, timely and of-the-moment, so powerful and well-observed and precise, the effect can be emotionally overwhelming.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2009
Wendy and Lucy is quiet, deliberate filmmaking. See it knowing you will witness an idiosyncratic take on storytelling by a fundamentally independent filmmaker.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2009
This brilliant, desperately sad Steinbeckian fable from American director Kelly Reichardt. It's Reichardt's third full-length feature ('Old Joy' was in cinemas last year), but only her first masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/6
February 26, 2009
Deliberately paced -- slow, even -- it's nevertheless an amazing, timely parable for increasingly desperate times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2009
Wendy and Lucy is a short, sweet film with a premise as plain as they come: A girl and her dog drift into town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2009
The very definition of a small film, Wendy and Lucy nonetheless packs some serious wallop thanks to a quietly extraordinary performance by Michelle Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 6, 2009
Such is the resonant magic of Kelly Reichardt's remarkable little film, one of those exercises in minimalism where every word matters, every shot counts, until the kernel expands and a whole world emerges in 80 brief minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 6, 2009
Wendy and Lucy, a minimalist character study starring Michelle Williams, is a deft, compact piece that makes every shot and moment count.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2009
The victories and insights gained in Wendy and Lucy are hard-won and small in stature, but they linger on the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2009
Wendy and Lucy -- a film that might have seemed faintly academic six months ago -- becomes an anxious expression of its historical moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2009
America is full of people like Wendy Carroll, the young woman at the center of director Kelly Reichardt's small, supple new film Wendy and Lucy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2009
Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy is another illustration of how absorbing a film can be when the plot doesn't stand between us and a character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 29, 2009
For all its virtues, Wendy and Lucy seems like the most overrated of art movies.
January 22, 2009
Given the woeful lack of inner life for young women in American movies, Williams's single gesture of fatigue and partial defeat in Wendy and Lucy is momentous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 22, 2009
Whether she's warily cleaning up in a service-station restroom, or staring at the trains that offer a different travel option, or establishing her rapport with Lucy, Williams bravely explores the soul of a creature who's both gentle and determined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2009
Thanks to an extraordinary performance from Michelle Williams and an exceptionally deft hand from her director, this low-budget and loping little film is a genuine heartbreaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 20, 2009
The movie, for all its morose impassivity, is beautiful and haunting.
January 1, 2009
Older audiences are hailing this slim story of a hand-to-mouth transient limping her way to Alaska as an insight into Gen X's unmoored ennui. It's like they've watched The Kite Runner and now think they understand Afghanistan.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 15, 2008
This indie film is slow and downright boring at its core.
December 15, 2008
[With] very basic storytelling, we've got to be given a reason to care and it never happens.
December 12, 2008
In a minimalist film of muted emotions, Michelle Williams gives as lovely a performance as a moviegoer could ask for. It's a portrait of a life going grievously wrong, or one that's never been right.
December 10, 2008
Simple story, beautifully told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2008
Like a worst-case-scenario, indie-movie cliché, Wendy and Lucy throws every bone it can at the screen
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 10, 2008
Reichardt, who directed Old Joy, doesn't so much tell a story as paint a finely detailed portrait of human suffering in this miniature marvel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2008
[Director] Reichardt has an excellent sense of proportion: She doesn't try to do too much, but what she does do is fully realized. Animal-lovers are hereby advised to bring the Kleenex.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 9, 2008
Told sparely and with deliberate pacing, it's a profoundly tender, deceptively simple story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 9, 2008
Reichardt seems to be challenging us to ask ourselves questions that the occluded, stricken, mysterious Wendy can't or won't ask. Questions like: How did we get here? And what do we do now?
December 9, 2008
Wendy and Lucy takes place mainly outdoors and registers the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with unostentatious affection.
December 9, 2008
Modest but cosmic.
December 8, 2008
It's a resonant little mood piece that packs a great deal into a small compass.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 3, 2008
Wendy and Lucy is like Lassie Come Home directed by Antonioni.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 3, 2008
To her credit, Ms. Reichardt never allows her camera to become a voyeuristic witness to a young woman in distress. Instead, it remains focused on a largely indifferent American landscape of strangers in perpetual motion to nowhere.
December 1, 2008
For all that the plot is minimal, it provides a non-judgmental look into the life of a woman who, while not undergoing a life-or-death ordeal, is facing something no less soul crushing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
Michelle Williams does her best but she cannot prevent Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, a weak tale about being broke and on the road in rural America, from dwindling into boredom.
October 18, 2008
A modest yet deeply felt road movie about an idealistic young drifter, her faithful canine and the wide-open spaces of the Pacific Northwest.
October 18, 2008
Director Reichardt appears to owe a debt to the Dardenne brothers' similarly themed, Palme d'or-winning Rosetta, getting her intense effects from the point-of-view camera as much as from Williams's strong performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2008
The second coming of the Great Depression already has a version of The Grapes of Wrath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4