Old Joy
Old Joy (2006)

"Old Joy" is the story of two old friends, Kurt and Mark, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon. It is a minimalist story of friendship, loss and alienation in the Bush era.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A serene, melancholy beauty permeates this meditative portrait of deep friendship and faded glory.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Old Joy may be built around a road trip, but it's also a movie about two roads -- and two souls -- diverging.

Jessica Winter
Time Out

Such watchful reticence takes a bold, confident filmmaker.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It's the world contained in a single moment, or what one of the characters calls a giant teardrop of the universe, falling forever through space and time.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

You may find yourself asking whether anything's going to happen. But for those who can tolerate a slow-brewing movie, [director] Reichardt's work provides sufficient rewards.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

At just 76 minutes, Old Joy is a minimalist film, but illuminating, bittersweet, gentle and deeply alive.

Glenn Dunks

Old Joy is a weaker effort than Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy, sure, but still a key early step in the career of this impressive filmmaker.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Subdued, artistic, with beautifully nuanced performances that are as true as they are often elusive of commercial triumph.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

The characters stayed with me, and I'm glad I took a second look now that it's opening for a two-week run at Northwest Film Forum. This time around, its sense of humor seemed much more effective -- as did its less-is-more style.

Josh Larsen

Interesting, but hardly the lo-fi triumph its reputation suggests.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
This film was my first foray into the work of the well-respected Kelly Reichardt. If this film is any indication, I need to be ready for some serious… More
Robert Fearon
Even more minimalistic than Reichardt's follow-up, Wendy & Lucy. Still, it was a satisfying experience.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Old Joy" starts with Mark(Daniel London) enjoying a quiet day off with his very pregnant wife, Tanya(Tanya Smith), when his old… More
John Ballantine
When Kelly Reichardt hits it, she really hits it with great personal tales and nuanced performances. When she doesn't, you get nuanced boredom. Like… More

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