Wanda (1971)

Actress/filmmaker Barbara Loden both directs and stars in the stark little character study Wanda. She plays a girl from a remote mining town, timidly searching for security and love in the big city. After several desultory and abusive… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

[Loden] captures the ambiance of small-time roadhouses with compelling accuracy; she manages through some clever location photography to convey an almost overwhelming sense of lingering desperation.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A brilliantly atmospheric film with a superb performance by Loden.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a powerful character study of an uneducated Pennsylvania coal-country woman who allows her husband a divorce and custody of her two children because, she admits, "I'm just no good."

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

If there is a female counterpart to John Cassavetes, Barbara Loden is it.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Wanda is the singular vision of an artist who hailed from surroundings as bleak and limited as her title character's.

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Tony Palmer
The Spectator

Without Barbara Loden and her like, the film business must die an even noisier and self-pitying death than it is already.

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Variety Staff

[The film] grows in observation, insight and impact as it goes along.

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David Pirie
Time Out

The film is all the more impressive for its refusal to get embroiled in half-baked political attitudinising.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a solid characters study and fine debut, and swan song (Loden died in 1980 after battling cancer), for an unrequited filmmaker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Wanda is a interesting experimental / independent film, that presents a sad and boring "Bonnie and Clyde" lifestyle with lost characters and empty… More
Kevin Mozulay
I want to begin this review by saying I did not watch Wanda on my own free will; it was screened in my film class at school. Had I not been told about it by my… More
Stella Dallas
a very bleak and yet very intriguing debut for writer/director/ lead actress barbara loden, who was at the time elia kazan's wife. the film couldn't… More
Eric Broome
"Wanda" isn't quite the existential, feminist drama I was led to expect -- really, it's more like a bleak, no-budget, no-action take on the… More
Tim Sigur
This movie proves that just because it's independent doesn't mean it's good didn't just apply to the 90's. This movie is just God… More