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.
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.
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.
March 7, 2009
Wendy and Lucy is a film of small details and unassuming craftsmanship. It may be too slight for some, but if you let it get under your skin, it packs a devastating emotional coda.
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.
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.
March 6, 2009
Wendy and Lucy is a sweet, slight and beautifully crafted film.
March 6, 2009
The classic indie-Sundance idiom of reticent performance, affectless dialogue, stonewashed colour photography and plain, sans-serif lettering on the credits.
March 6, 2009
The story is told with a merciful lack of sentimentality, while Williams's performance seems totally natural. Added to that, Reichardt paints the smalltown scene with an attention to detail that a lot of other films miss.
February 26, 2009
Deliberately paced -- slow, even -- it's nevertheless an amazing, timely parable for increasingly desperate times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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