Wendy and Lucy
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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, Lucy, to keep her company. When Wendy realizes that there's nothing keeping her in her home state of Indiana, she makes the decision to relocate to Alaska and seek out work at the local fish cannery. With her four-legged friend Lucy in the passenger seat next to her, Wendy stops off to get some rest in a small Oregon town. The following morning, when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The final scenes will tear your heart out, but perhaps not in the way you expect."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"The pace of real life is the rhythm that drives Reichardt's beautifully minimalist film."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"If Wendy and Lucy isn't the most dynamic movie around, at least its tone and approach are sure-footed and appropriate."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Deliberately paced -- slow, even -- it's nevertheless an amazing, timely parable for increasingly desperate times."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Wendy and Lucy is the blues, pure and simple."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Kelly Reichardt spends the 75 minutes of Wendy and Lucy weaving an intimate, narrowly focused story of unanchored life on the road and just how tenuous such an existence is."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Wendy and Lucy gets under your nails, which is to say, it's the stuff of life."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Wendy and Lucy is quiet, deliberate filmmaking. See it knowing you will witness an idiosyncratic take on storytelling by a fundamentally independent filmmaker."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Wendy and Lucy is a short, sweet film with a premise as plain as they come: A girl and her dog drift into town."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Bruises while barely raising its voice"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Director co-writer Kelly Reichardt ... has fashioned a cautionary tale for the ages."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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