Wendy and Lucy
Wendy and Lucy (2008)

Old Joy director Kelly Reichardt crafts this intimate tale of Wendy, an alienated Indiana woman who packs up her car and sets her sights on Alaska, but finds herself stranded in a small Oregon town with no money and only her faithful dog,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 5, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Glenn Dunks

The final scenes will tear your heart out, but perhaps not in the way you expect.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Deliberately paced -- slow, even -- it's nevertheless an amazing, timely parable for increasingly desperate times.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Wendy and Lucy is the blues, pure and simple.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Wendy and Lucy is quiet, deliberate filmmaking. See it knowing you will witness an idiosyncratic take on storytelling by a fundamentally independent filmmaker.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Wendy and Lucy is a short, sweet film with a premise as plain as they come: A girl and her dog drift into town.

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Nick Rogers

The film ends on a devastating farewell, but also imparts important empathy to Wendy: Although she's at the bottom of the barrel, there are those still inescapably trapped beneath its weight. This is the downbeat, dejected truth of pure pennilessness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
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Apeneck Fletcher
A couple of days in the life on the margins of society as a young woman goes through some hardship while on the road in Oregon. Michelle Williams is haunting… More
Daniel Perry
I appreciated the "contemporary Jack London story" vibe of this one, but it's hard to invest in such a thin plot: a woman with nothing but her… More
familiar stranger
Looking at the rating of the movie, it seems that (not surprisingly) I failed to comprehend the movie. Except for the protagonists and less than one handful of… More
Spencer S.
There isn't much to this film in that it has a stable plot or can carry a story. It's more a portrait of a sad lonely, pathetically poor girl who… More
Reid Volk
If you are like me, you have always been on the fence about Michelle Williams. Sure she is good, but I haven't seen anything from her that has really blown… More

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