'Wendy and Lucy' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   152 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Wendy and Lucy is like Lassie Come Home directed by Antonioni.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    Wendy and Lucy takes place mainly outdoors and registers the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with unostentatious affection.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The classic indie-Sundance idiom of reticent performance, affectless dialogue, stonewashed colour photography and plain, sans-serif lettering on the credits.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Told sparely and with deliberate pacing, it's a profoundly tender, deceptively simple story.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    For all its virtues, Wendy and Lucy seems like the most overrated of art movies.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Modest but cosmic.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Like a worst-case-scenario, indie-movie cliche, Wendy and Lucy throws every bone it can at the screen
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Wendy and Lucy is quiet, deliberate filmmaking. See it knowing you will witness an idiosyncratic take on storytelling by a fundamentally independent filmmaker.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie, for all its morose impassivity, is beautiful and haunting.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Wendy and Lucy, a minimalist character study starring Michelle Williams, is a deft, compact piece that makes every shot and moment count.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Deliberately paced -- slow, even -- it's nevertheless an amazing, timely parable for increasingly desperate times.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Scott Foundas Variety (Top Critic)
    A modest yet deeply felt road movie about an idealistic young drifter, her faithful canine and the wide-open spaces of the Pacific Northwest.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    The victories and insights gained in Wendy and Lucy are hard-won and small in stature, but they linger on the mind.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 6 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The economy of the movie and a handful of vividly shot scenes enliven this somewhat predictable exercise in tugging at the heartstrings.
    Full Review » 6 years ago