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 22, 2008
DVD 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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

In happy sum, Reichardt is one more of the current American directors, most of them still young, who are endowing our film world with pleasure and hope.

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Mark Jenkins

Wendy and Lucy is too laconic to be mistaken for a social drama, but it's set in a land whose harshness seems to a require a stronger critique than Reichardt's vignettes.

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Daniel Kasman

Giving quiet, but pointed consideration to the cinematically ignored economic anguish and wistful unhappiness of one end of American life...

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The climax is a heartbreaker, and in its haunting finale the movie recalls no less than Mervyn LeRoy's Depression-era classic I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang.

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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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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

It's a really simple story, but humanity, companionship and will power aren't that complicated either.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

Evanescent and intangible, it dissolves into the air, leaving something tragic and mysterious behind.

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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.

Mike Scott

Wendy and Lucy -- with its simple shots and edits and an elegantly musicless soundtrack -- proves you don't have to be flashy to be compelling.

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Kevin M. Williams
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