• Released
  • September 30, 2011
  • 2 hr 7 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
My Joy has a bleak, grotesque, near-perfect poetry in its soul.
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90

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
The world of My Joy is grim, though the experience of watching it and piecing together its fragmented story strands is anything but. It's suspenseful, mysterious, at times bitterly funny, consistently moving and filled with images of a Russia haunted both by ghosts and the living dead.
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80

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
My Joy is a maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Deeply sorrowful and drenched in ambiguity, My Joy adopts a patient rhythm that departs from reality while studying it in depth.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Those schooled in Eastern European history may have better luck deciphering it, but what keeps it compelling throughout is Loznitsa's direction, which favors sophisticated long takes and particularly suspenseful use of foreground and background action. His next film should be a doozy.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Aaron Cutler
Sergei Loznitsa's documentaries are mainly compilations of archival footage, so it makes sense that his first fiction film is also essentially a compilation, an array of dynamic, aggressive bits rather than one coherent text.
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70

Variety

Although discomfiting to audiences desiring a steady narrative thread (and less accessible to those unfamiliar with Eastern European history and culture), it sustains interest throughout as a devastating critique of Russian society.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The film's sociopolitical critique is as dull as a sledgehammer - and maybe on the money - but the truth is far more entertaining.
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78 out of 100
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