Lonesome Jim
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Jim begrudgingly returns to his hometown in rural Indiana after failing to make it on his own in New York. He soon remembers why he left: a doting but overbearing mother, a distant father, and a depressed older brother whose "accidents" seem suspect at best. Jim is soon forced to take on his brother's duties -- working at his parent's factory and helping out with his two rambunctious nieces. Crippled by obligations and anxieties, Jim trudges on though every day monotones and the family's collapse after mom is mistakenly taken for a suburban drug smuggler. Almost… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though this clash of picket-fenced, down-home values and big city oafishness was handled with a little more delicacy in 2005's superb 'Junebug', Buscemi's film has lots to say about this fruitful dynamic."
‑ , Time Out
"Affleck plays this as a one-note turn, all dour. What a life-force like Anika would see in him is a mystery."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"An unintentional parody of Sundance Hades circa 1996"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The world would be a better place if Steve Buscemi made more movies."
‑ Nev Pierce, Total Film
"Has great relevance to the lost adultolescent generation of today ... but it also flounders in its commonplace and too-familiar concept."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Manages to be bitter, dispiriting and utterly pointless all at once."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The problem is that a little of this minimalist kitchen-sink farce goes a very long way, and after a while Lonesome Jim starts to dry up."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
""Lonesome Jim" is an earnest and modest 'little independent' movie that charms by way of its understated underachieving characters."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Steve Buscemi's third film as a director is a low key affair delivered with a wry sense of humour."
‑ Paul Arendt, BBC.com
"A depressing illustration of how even Middle America has ended up marginalized and rudderless in the wake of outsourcing, downsizing and globalization."
‑ Kam Williams, Weekly Press
"It all feels very slight."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A slight, but amusing and occasionally touching, dark comedy about depression and dysfunction that percolates with indie film hipness."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Minimalist, moody and morose, Lonesome Jim is a minor gem."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"It's poignant, quietly life-affirming little story that doesn't need to shout. Lonesome Jim's good company."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"As the credits started to roll, I came to a pleasant and all-too-rare moviegoing realization: The smile that had crept across my face during the very first scene had never left."
‑ Jon Frosch, Film Journal International
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