Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

This indie-drama follows Wendy (Michelle Williams), heading from some unspecified personal disaster towards a new life in Alaska with her beloved yellow-gold mongrel, Lucy. She’s stranded in a backwater Oregon town, low on funds, waiting for her car to be repaired when Lucy goes missing. Distraught but stoic, she searches for the dog, dependent on the kindness of strangers in a town where no one has much of anything to spare.

Working again with writer Jon Raymond, director Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy) delivers a miniature, minimalist, quietly devastating slice of contemporary Americana. (Source: NZ International Film Festival 2009)

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Not worth the fare.

Went nowhere, took 1 hour 10 to do it and then just when it seemed we see something, she free rode on a train, and we got the closing credits. Agh

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

"Old Joy" helmer Kelly Reichardt plays to her strengths in Wendy and Lucy, a modest yet deeply felt road movie about an idealistic young drifter, her faithful canine and the wide-open spaces of the Pacific Northwest.

Total Film

Total Film

press

From Turner & Hooch to Marley & Me, the dog-and-its-owner subgenre is as loyal to its X&Y title format as to its familiar brand of amiable, lightweight comedy. But the eponymous heroines of Kelly Reichardt’s sadcore indie are a breed apart.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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She's infuriating, but the movie, for all its morose impassivity, is beautiful and haunting.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Simple story, beautifully told.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Another illustration of how absorbing a film can be when the plot doesn't stand between us and a character.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Michelle Williams does her best but she cannot prevent Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, a weak tale about being broke and on the road in rural America, from dwindling into boredom.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Slow, ponderous, meticulously rendered realism that will appeal to specific audiences of slow, ponderous, meticulously rendered realism, with a heart.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

"Old Joy" helmer Kelly Reichardt plays to her strengths in Wendy and Lucy, a modest yet deeply felt road movie about an idealistic young drifter, her faithful canine and the wide-open spaces of the Pacific Northwest.

Total Film

Total Film

press

From Turner & Hooch to Marley & Me, the dog-and-its-owner subgenre is as loyal to its X&Y title format as to its familiar brand of amiable, lightweight comedy. But the eponymous heroines of Kelly Reichardt’s sadcore indie are a breed apart.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

She's infuriating, but the movie, for all its morose impassivity, is beautiful and haunting.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Simple story, beautifully told.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Another illustration of how absorbing a film can be when the plot doesn't stand between us and a character.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Michelle Williams does her best but she cannot prevent Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, a weak tale about being broke and on the road in rural America, from dwindling into boredom.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Slow, ponderous, meticulously rendered realism that will appeal to specific audiences of slow, ponderous, meticulously rendered realism, with a heart.

4.0

Not worth the fare.

Went nowhere, took 1 hour 10 to do it and then just when it seemed we see something, she free rode on a train, and we got the closing credits. Agh

1.0